Ameraucana Standard

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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 BANTAMS

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 BANTAMS 

Cock……………….30 oz.           Hen…………….….26 oz.

Cockerel…………..26 oz.           Pullet……………..24 oz.

AMERAUCANA LARGE FOWL

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

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

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

AMERAUCANA VARIETIES (Large Fowl & Bantam)

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

AMERAUCANA SHAPE (Large Fowl & Bantam 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 (Large Fowl & Bantam 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.