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How To Raise And Care For Ameraucana Chicken

The Ameraucana chicken is a dual-purpose breed, grown for both its egg-laying abilities and its meat. This bird is typically friendly, but doesn’t enjoy being picked up as much as some other breeds. Ameraucana chickens have a docile temperament, which makes them ideal for beginners or anyone who wants an easy-going chicken.

Learning how to raise and care for Ameraucana chicken is not a difficult process, since this breed has the same care requirements as most other chickens. The one main difference, however, is that this breed doesn’t tolerate small spaces as well as others.

To raise and care for Ameraucana chickens, provide them with a spacious coop and a secure run for exercise. They need a balanced diet, fresh water, and regular health check-ups. Ameraucanas are cold-hardy but require shelter from extreme weather. Their friendly nature and distinctive blue eggs make them a popular choice among poultry enthusiasts.

Ameraucana chicken in fenced yard

Before you even bring the Ameraucana chickens home, you will want to make sure you have the proper housing for them. Ameraucanas love to free range and they don’t do well in confined spaces. Because of this, you want to make sure you give them enough space in their coop and either allow them access to roam freely or create a large run for them to enjoy.

One thing to be aware of with Ameraucanas is their tendency to go broody, meaning they might want to sit on and hatch eggs. If you’re not planning on hatching chicks, it’s important to regularly collect eggs. Also, due to their unique ear tufts, Ameraucanas can be more prone to ear infections, so regular checks are recommended to ensure their health and well-being.

Even though the Ameraucana is not a picky bird, they should still be fed a high quality commercial chicken feed that provides them with the necessary nutrients they need. You can also give them chicken treats, as well as various vegetables and fruits.

Making sure you know how to raise and care for Ameraucana chicken is vital to successfully raise chickens. It is also important for your flock as well.

How Big Does Ameraucana Chicken Grow?

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The Ameraucana is considered a medium-sized chicken. It is not as tall as the Malay chicken, which can reach heights of around 3 feet tall, but it is taller than the Malaysian Serama chicken, which is only about 6 inches tall.

An adult Ameraucana chicken can reach heights of up to 18-inches tall. The smaller variety, known as the Ameraucana bantam chicken, grows to about half that size, reaching heights of around 9-inches or less.

What Is The Average Weight Of an Ameraucana Chicken?

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Ameraucana chicken isn’t an extremely large chicken, and because of this smaller size, they are not as commonly raised for their meat like larger birds. The Ameraucana is listed as a medium-sized bird, making it a good choice for people who don’t have enough space for several large chickens in their backyard. 

Ameraucana chickens reach weights of about 4 ½ to 6 ½ pounds. The Ameraucana bantam chicken, which is considered by many to be a cuter version of the Ameraucana, is much smaller, weighing between 24 and 30 ounces.

When Will an Ameraucana Chicken Start Laying Eggs?

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One of the many benefits that the Ameraucana chicken has over other breeds is that it is not uncommon for hens to start laying eggs several weeks before other breeds.

Ameraucana chickens start laying eggs when they reach about 6 to 7 months old. This is merely an estimated time frame, since several factors can influence the chicken’s ability to lay eggs, including the time of year and diet of the bird.

Will Ameraucana Chicken Lay White Or Brown Eggs?

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One of the most common questions that people new to the whole chicken-raising life ask is what color eggs a breed will lay. While white and brown are the two most common colors, they are far from the only ones. In fact, there are several different breeds of chickens that lay eggs in colors other than white and brown.

Ameraucana chickens don’t lay white or brown eggs. They instead lay blue eggs that can range from varying shades of blue. Experts classify the size of the Ameraucana chicken egg as medium.

Do You Need A Same Breed Rooster To Get Ameraucana Chicken To Lay Eggs?

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Roosters provide a slew of benefits for the flock, including fertilizing eggs and protecting the other birds from predators. But they can also be a bit noisy at times. When considering what rooster to add to your flock, you may wonder if you need the same breed as your hens.

You don’t need the same breed of rooster to encourage the Ameraucana chicken to lay eggs. Chickens will lay unfertilized eggs with or without a rooster. If, however, you want these eggs to hatch, then you will need a rooster to breed with the hens.

The rooster doesn’t have to be the same breed as the hen unless you want a full-blooded Ameraucana. If you decide to use a rooster that is of a different breed, the chicks will merely be a cross of the Ameraucana hen and whatever breed the rooster is. 

What Is The Lifespan Of an Ameraucana Chicken?

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Ameraucana chickens typically have a longer lifespan than other breeds. This is usually because this chicken doesn’t have as many health problems as other breeds, and it is more savvy at getting away from predators.

The average lifespan of an Ameraucana chicken is 7 to 8 years, though this time frame can vary based on several factors, such as the health of the bird and how well they are cared for.

This breed of bird doesn’t have many health issues, and they are fairly savvy when it comes to keeping away from predators. This means their lifespan is typically a little longer than other chicken breeds.

Are Ameraucana Chickens Friendly?

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Before bringing any chicken into your flock or backyard, you should familiarize yourself with the personality traits of that breed. This is extremely important if you plan on being hands-on with the birds or if you have children who will help care for them. 

Ameraucana chickens are friendly, sociable birds that can make a wonderful addition to your flock. They love foraging and are pretty quiet, which means they are suitable for people who want chickens but also have close neighbors.

Even though they are sociable and friendly, the Ameraucana is not a bird that likes to be cuddled. They would much rather you pet them than pick them up and try to snuggle with them.

How Many Eggs Can an Ameraucana Chicken Lay A Day?

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If you talk to people who raise chickens, you will probably hear them say they have more eggs than they know what to do with. This can be a good problem to have. Knowing the average amount of eggs a chicken can lay in a day can help you determine which breed is the best for you.

The Ameraucanas lay up to 4 eggs every week, or an egg every other day. That is about 200 eggs every year. While they are not as prolific of a layer as some other breeds, such as the White Leghorn, they often start laying earlier than other breeds.

Keep in mind, however, that the exact number of eggs that your Ameraucana lays can vary based on the age, health, and nutritional intake of the bird. The healthier the bird, the more eggs it will be able to produce. 

When Will an Ameraucana Chicken Stop Laying Eggs?

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Raising chickens provides you with fresh eggs every morning that you can obtain by merely walking into your backyard. While the Ameraucana is a decent egg producer, there will come a time when the hens stop laying eggs.

Ameraucana chickens can lay for several years, although the amount of eggs they lay will start to slow as the bird ages. During their molting period, the Ameraucana may pause their egg production, but they will pick back up once they are done molting.

Keep in mind that sick or malnourished birds don’t produce many eggs, so you will want to make sure you have given them the best care possible if you want an abundance of eggs.

At What Age Is an Ameraucana Chicken The Most Delicious?

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If you are raising chickens for their meat, it’s only natural to wonder when is the best time to butcher them. Waiting too long could result in a chicken that has tough and unappetizing meat. 

Ameraucanas are considered most delicious when they are butchered no later than at 10 months old. After this time, the meat isn’t as tender. Even though Ameraucana can be eaten, most people don’t raise them for their meat because they are not large birds.

That doesn’t mean you cannot butcher and eat an Ameraucana chicken that is older. Some people who raise chickens wait until their chickens stop laying eggs before using them for meat. Just be aware that the meat may not taste as delicious as if you butchered the chicken when it was younger. 

Best Housing Setup For an Ameraucana Chicken

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The chicken coop you get for your flock will need to provide them with shelter from the elements, while also keeping them safe from predators. 

Ameraucana chickens like to free range, so they need more space than some other breeds. A good general rule of thumb is at least 8 square feet per chicken. This is important, especially if you’re not planning on giving them room to free range.

Ameraucanas cannot handle confinement very well, so providing them with enough space is vital to their health and happiness. You should also make sure they are allowed to free range safely on your property or build them a chicken run.

Typical Health Problems Of an Ameraucana Chicken

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One thing that makes the Ameraucana chicken a good choice for beginners is that they don’t experience many health problems. That doesn’t mean they are immune to problems. Far from it. But they are not as likely to have health issues like other chicken breeds. There is one health problem, however, that the Ameraucana chicken is susceptible to.

Ameraucana chickens don’t have many health problems, but one problem they are more susceptible to than other breeds is cross beak. Cross beak is when the bird’s upper and lower beak become misaligned.

A chicken suffering from this condition cannot close its beak properly and prevents them from eating and drinking. Cross beaks can occur due to an injury, genetics, or simply because the bird cannot properly maintain the shape and length of its beak by honing on hard surfaces.

Some birds can live long lives with the cross beak condition, although they usually eat much slower than other chickens, so it is not necessarily a death sentence for the bird. Unfortunately, chickens with this condition cannot hone their beaks properly and will require their owners to clip and/or file down their beaks from time to time. 

This article was first published on August 20, 2022 by Pentagon-Pets.

Typical Problems Raising Ameraucana Chicken

Ameraucana chicken in coop

One of the great things about the Ameraucana chicken breed is that it doesn’t have any typical problems that can arise with other breeds. In fact, the Ameraucana is one of the most laid back chicken breeds out there. If you have the space for them, they are a great choice for people who are just starting out raising chickens.

Ameraucana chickens are one of the easiest birds to raise, with few problems. They don’t, however, do well when confined and need more space than other popular breeds. This means you will need to provide the chickens with a large pen or allow them to free range.

Ameraucanas are cold hardy birds due to their extremely small wattles and pea comb. This means they are less likely to get frostbite. They are also known for their ability to deter hawk attacks.

The Ameraucana has an appearance that looks similar to a hawk, as well as a mimicry that aids in their ability to deter hawks from attacking them. This makes the Ameraucana a better choice for people who want a free-range flock.

What Type Of Food Is Best For Ameraucana Chicken?

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What you feed your chickens has a direct effect on their overall health, wellness, and happiness. One of the quickest ways to harm your flock is to provide them with insufficient or low quality food.

Another benefit of Ameraucana chickens is that they don’t require specific dietary needs. You can feed them the same food as you do the rest of your flock. No matter what breed of chicken you are raising, make sure you feed them a high quality commercial chicken feed.

Like other breeds of chicks, the Ameraucana does well when they receive 21% starter feed. Keep feeding the chicks this food until they are about 8 weeks old and then they can be switched to the same feed you are giving the adult chickens.

Since Ameraucanas love to forge, they will get some of their food source from insects and seeds they find in and on the ground. You can also give them a wide array of fruits and vegetables. 

Like other chicken breeds, you should never feed Ameraucanas food that is spoiled or rancid, as well as food scraps that are high in salt or fat. Avoid feeding chickens uncooked beans or uncooked rice, chocolate, citrus fruits, avocados, garlic, onions, or raw potatoes.

You can, however, feed them bananas, berries, apples, vegetable peels, bok choy, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, swiss chards, kale, cucumbers, beets, squash, carrots, and pumpkins. They can also eat cooked items, such as pasta, rice, or beans.

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That doesn’t mean you should only feed your chicken these items. Their main diet should come from chicken feed, and then you can supplement their diet with safe fruits and vegetables.

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