Ameraucana Breed "Standard"

 "Standard" bred means a breed has been bred to be as close to what a written Standard describes it as for characteristics including weight, shape and many other traits.  Poultry Standards for North America are published by both the American Bantam Association (ABA) and the American Poultry Association (APA).  The ABA's BANTMAM STANDARD only deals with bantam (miniature) chickens and ducks.  The APA's AMERICAN STANDARD OF PERFECTION covers all "recognized" or accepted poultry.  Note: Ameraucana bantam and large fowl chickens are both "standard" chickens when they meet a Standard's breed descriptions.  Definitions: Cock (C) = a male one year old or more, Hen (H) = a female one year old or more, Cockerel (K) = a male less than a year old, Pullet (P) = a female less than a year old. 

©American Poultry Association, Inc. * “Permission to make quotations from the test of this book is granted solely for the purpose of dissemination of knowledge, provided proper credit is cited.” The following information is comprised of excerpts from The American Standard of Perfection*, 1998, and has been edited to comply with copyright provisions.  This is not a complete breed description. For a complete description of all recognized breeds and varieties of domestic poultry always refer to the American Standard of Perfection which is available through the American Poultry Association.

Ameraucana Bantam Chickens

Ameraucana bantams are in the APA “All Other Combs Clean Legged” (AOCCL) class of chickens.  They were developed in the 1970’s in the United States and lay eggs with blue shells.  Breed name: Ameraucana – approved 1984.  Disqualifications include presence of ear tufts and absence of beard & muffs. 

Standard weights for Bantam Ameraucana Chickens - disqualified if more than 20% over or under weight 

Cock……………….30 oz. (1.875 lbs.)           Hen…………….….26 oz. (1.625 lbs.)

Cockerel…………..26 oz. (1.625 lbs.)         Pullet……………..24 oz. (1.5 lbs.)

Ameraucana Large Fowl Chickens

Ameraucana large fowl are in the APA “All Other Standard Breeds” (AOSB) class of chickens.  They were admitted to the Standard in 1984.  Ameraucana is a general purpose fowl and has a distinctive blue eggshell coloration.  Disqualifications include presence of ear tufts and absence of beard & muffs.

Standard weights for Large Fowl Ameraucana Chickens - disqualified if more than 20% over or under weight

Cock………………6½ lbs.       Hen……………….5½ lbs.

Cockerel………….5½ lbs.       Pullet……………..4½ lbs.

Recognized Varieties (feather colors/patterns) of  Ameraucana Chickens (Bantam & Large Fowl)

Black, Blue, Blue Wheaten, Brown Red, Buff, Silver, Wheaten & White

Ameraucana Shape (Bantam & Large Fowl Males)

COMB:  Pea.

BEAK:  Curved.

FACE:  Nearly hidden by muffs.

EYES:  Expressive.

WATTLES:  Small, preferably absent.

EARLOBES:  Small.

MUFFS AND BEARD:  Full, well-rounded, medium length.

HEAD:  Medium size.

NECK:  Well-arched.

HACKLE:  Full.

BACK:  Medium length.

SADDLE:  Medium in length.

TAIL:  Well spread, medium length, carried at 45º above horizontal.

WINGS:  Fairly large, tips carried above the hock joint.

BREAST:  Prominent.

BODY AND STEARN:  Body of medium length, stern well-tucked up.

LEGS AND TOES:  Medium length set apart, four toes

Ameraucana Shape (Bantam & Large Fowl Females)

COMB:  Pea.

BEAK:  Curved.

FACE:  Nearly hidden by muffs.

EYES:  Expressive.

WATTLES:  Small, preferably absent.

EARLOBES:  Small.

MUFFS AND BEARD:  Full, well-rounded, medium length.

HEAD:  Medium size.

NECK:  Medium length.

HACKLE:  Full.

BACK:  Medium length.

CUSHION:  Moderate.

TAIL:  Medium length, well spread, carried at 40º angle above horizontal.

WINGS:  Fairly prominent, carried above the hock joint.

BREAST:  Full.

BODY AND STEARN:  Full but trim, fluff well-tucked up.

LEGS AND TOES:  Medium length, four toes.