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Lavender Ameraucana

LAST UPDATED ON September 22, 2022

Our hatchery is closed for Spring 2022. We traveled 2,968-miles in May to collect excellent stock from several states along East Coast, including our first ever bantams and quail. We have live mealworms for sale in the meantime.

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Lavender Ameraucana Chick

Lavender Ameraucana chickens lay lovely blue eggs, have thick fluffy beards under their beaks, and muffs adorning their cheeks. Their neck feathers, or hackles, are much thicker than other breeds. A young visitor asked me once if they were part owl. 

This extra insulation on their neck is a big plus for cold climates like ours up here in Maine. Cold weather combined with shorter days tend to slow production. The hardier the chicken, the longer the eggs keep coming. This breed goes into molt here in late August and has a layer of fresh thick plumage ready for a long winter.

At five or so eggs a week they are good producers given they will lay later in the season than other breeds we have kept here, but will take a few weeks off in February when it’s the coldest and darkest here in Maine. I like to give them a break to lighten the burden on their bodies.

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Ameraucana chickens lay blue eggs. Each hen here lays an average of about 4-6 eggs per week [stats from spring 2019]. Younger hens lay more in their first year and almost daily in the late spring through summer, slowing in fall and taking a few weeks off in the coldest part of winter. 

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Ameraucana chickens do seem to be irregular layers compared to your average Rhode Island Red—but their stunningly blue eggs are worth the wait. Each day that a blue egg is found in the coop harkens Easter morning nostalgia. I’ve had them for years now, and it never gets old for me.

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This pullet is getting her first true feathers.

We find Ameraucana chickens are more easy-going and thoughtful in comparison to our other breeds here. They regard everything with more caution than curiosity by walking up to things from the side and eyeing it from all directions. Ameraucana chickens tend to let others go ahead of them almost as if to let others test the sky for predators before they make an appearance.

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Ameraucana chickens are standard sized birds who lay medium to large eggs. Roosters are not much larger than hens. Of note though, I have butchered MANY breeds of chickens, turkeys and ducks. Of all them, the Ameraucana 6-month old roosters bare the most fat.

Lavender Ameraucana Chicken Health

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Do overall health checks often. Our Ameraucana had mites once and it really stuck in the beards and thick cheeks of our Ameraucana chickens worse than our other breeds. As preventative care, be sure to sprinkle DE in the nesting boxes weekly and after every coop cleaning. This also protects against lice.

Coop enrichment is a must with this breed when they are penned up, don’t free range, or in winter.

Picking Habits

Lavender Ameraucana I have kept in the past have displayed picking habits in too close of quarters or in the boring part of winter when they hide in the coop. I tend to keep less in the stalls than I do of other breeds for this reason. Ample roosting space is a must. They will fight over poles and seems to have a very strict pecking order.

If picking is a possibility in your flock, check your chickens often for missing feathers and bloody spots to reduce infection. Once they start this habit it is very hard to stop. Always treat open wounds with Blu-Kote. Treats and distractions can go a long way. Saddles are very helpful and beak tips can also be trimmed. Address it immediately! Remove habitual pickers from the flock, band them for easy ID, trim their beak tip, and release them into the flock after a few days. This behavior is quickly learned by the rest of the flock and hard to break.

Sexing Lavender Ameraucana pullets and cockerels before saddle feathers emerge

Lavender Ameraucana have a very short “pea comb” which makes telling the hens from the roosters a little harder. Here is a handy example of facial features that differ between the sexes. These photos were taken at 8 weeks, prior to tell-tale saddle feathers emerging.

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