Ameraucana Breed 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.

The proposed standard for Self Blue Ameraucana Large Fowl was accepted by the APA Board in January, 2016.
Ameraucana Large Fowl
Ameraucana Bantam
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 tuffs and absence of beard & muffs. 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 tuffs and absence of beard & muffs.

Standard Weights

Cock

6 1/2 lbs.

Cock

30 oz.

Hen

5 1/2 lbs.

Hen

26 oz.

Cockerel

5 1/2 lbs.

Cockerel

26 oz.

Pullet

4 1/2 lbs.

Pullet

24 oz.

Ameraucana Varieties - Large Fowl and Bantam

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

Ameraucana Shape - Large Fowl and Bantam

Male

Female

Comb: Pea

Comb: Pea

Beak: Curved

Beak: Curved

Face: Nearly hidden by muffs

Face: Nearly hidden by muffs

Eyes: Expressive

Eyes: Expressive

Wattles: Small, preferably absent

Wattles: Small, preferably absent

Earlobes: Small

Earlobes: Small

Muffs and Beard: Full, well-rounded, medium length

Muffs and Beard: Full, well-rounded, medium length

Head: Medium Size

Head: Medium Size

Neck: Well-arched

Neck: Medium length

Hackle: Full

Hackle: Full

Back: Medium length

Back: Medium length

Saddle: Medium in length

Cushion: Moderate

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

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

Wings: Fairly large, tips carried above the hock joint

Wings: Fairly prominent, carried above the hock joint

Breast: Prominent

Breast: Full

Body and Stearn: Body of medium length, stern well-tucked up

Body and Stearn: Full but trim, fluff well-tucked up

Legs and Toes: Medium length set apart, four toes

Legs and Toes: Medium length, four toes

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