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  • Photos of 3 month old purebred ameruacan hens

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    05-24-2012, 10:35 PM
  #151
Foal
Thought I would share my chickens :) I have 26 laying hens (dont ask how that happened)lol and 3 roosters again don't ask lol
And I also have 3 silkies 1 rooster 2 hens. My ladies are all safe from being butchered, when they are done laying they will stay here.
I think we have 1 of every breed.
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    06-20-2012, 11:45 AM
  #152
Started
Everyone has good looking and interesting chickens. I'm 3 weeks into chickendom. I have Russian Orloffs, golden spangled Hamburgs, Light Brahmas and Ameruacanas. Too many choices! They are primarily for grass hopper control (tired of the garden getting decimated right before harvest). Eggs will just be a bonus.

For anyone who has raised Ameruacans, the chicks I have have different feather patterns. Same body feathers (grey, brown and black) but their heads are different. Some have buff around their eyes and others have solid heads. What color are they going to end up? The consensus here seems to be to not vaccinate. Why? Mine were't but they're going to go in a coop that hasn't been used in 30 years so is there any risk to them?

Does anyone have Guineas? If these girls can't keep up with the grasshoppers, I'm thinking of adding some next year. Do you house them with the chickens or keep them separate? Can you even buy crested or vulturine guineas?
     
    06-20-2012, 12:34 PM
  #153
Green Broke
I had a guinea hen years ago-she hung out w/the hens & was a real good watch/bird. Should do fine w/your other poultry.
     
    06-20-2012, 03:23 PM
  #154
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Originally Posted by Left Hand Percherons    
Everyone has good looking and interesting chickens. I'm 3 weeks into chickendom. I have Russian Orloffs, golden spangled Hamburgs, Light Brahmas and Ameruacanas. Too many choices! They are primarily for grass hopper control (tired of the garden getting decimated right before harvest). Eggs will just be a bonus.

For anyone who has raised Ameruacans, the chicks I have have different feather patterns. Same body feathers (grey, brown and black) but their heads are different. Some have buff around their eyes and others have solid heads. What color are they going to end up? The consensus here seems to be to not vaccinate. Why? Mine were't but they're going to go in a coop that hasn't been used in 30 years so is there any risk to them?

Does anyone have Guineas? If these girls can't keep up with the grasshoppers, I'm thinking of adding some next year. Do you house them with the chickens or keep them separate? Can you even buy crested or vulturine guineas?
Ameruacans donít have one single coat color or pattern and come in many colors. Some have more face muff, and some less, but they all will have a smaller pea like comb. You wonít know exactly what color or pattern they will be until their adult feathers all come in.

What is neat about them is they lay different shades of green, blue, and olive colored eggs. One hen will lay a bright blue one, another hen will lay a softer green one and trying to figure out who is doing what can be fun.

I had guineas before. They are bug eating machines, but harder to keep contained as they fly very well and prefer to roost in trees. My guinea flock ended up picking on my hens too much and in general being more trouble than they were worth. My birds free range in all the pastures and I could not keep them separate even with clipping flight feathers on the wings.
But many other folks have kept them with chickens and had no problems.

Welcome to the fun world of chickens!
     
    06-20-2012, 03:26 PM
  #155
Green Broke
Just a note .. if the "Ameraucanas" came from a hatchery, chances are great that they are actually "Easter Eggers" ..

True Ameraucanas are a breed and have breed specific colors (although they are varied) and will lay a blue egg.

There is nothing wrong with EEs and I have plenty! They each lay a great little different colored egg and they have pretty multi colored feathers.. but they are not Ameraucanas.. The hatcheries just label them as such.

Where did you get them .. and do you have pics?
     
    06-20-2012, 03:44 PM
  #156
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Now it is my understanding that there are Araucanas, Ameracaunas, and Easter Eggers with Araucanas being the base breed and considered "purebred" and the other two being variations of.
I also know many places do try and pass off EE as Araucanas, but the difference is obvious.
     
    06-20-2012, 03:54 PM
  #157
Green Broke
Aracaunas and Ameraucanas are each a recognized breed, each with very specific breed standards and colors - both will lay a blue egg ... EEs are either of those breeds mixed with just about anything else.. You can get eggs from almost pink, tan, brown, pastel green, blue, olive green .. with EEs ...
     
    06-20-2012, 04:52 PM
  #158
Weanling
I've been thinking about getting guinea hens to help control the insane amount of wood ticks at my barn. But I'm worried because there are dogs. Lots of dogs. A 13 year old Sharpei/Pitbull, my 10 month old Aussie/German Shepherd, her baby brothet, their mother a purebred Aussie, and my Shih Tzu/Cocker Spaniel. These dogs kill anything that is perceived as a threat or invader. Would it be a disaster to get guinea hens?
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    06-20-2012, 05:37 PM
  #159
Trained
I would be afraid that it would be dinner time for those dogs. If a dog kills stuff, chickens and guineas are often high on the list.
     
    06-20-2012, 05:55 PM
  #160
Trained
I have EE's, Ameracauna's (maybe), Wyandottes, and Cochins. Cochins are my very favorite breed, love their laid back personalities but I also like my egg layers a lot.



The Roo is no longer with us, he got nasty and got culled.

I have a bunch of Guineas (we call 'em the Goonies) and they live with the chickens. Some like to roost in the big tree by the coop, some roost on the coop and some roost in the coop. They all seem to get along pretty well, unless one of the Guinea Roos gets friendly with one of the egg layers, then the EE roo gets really indignant. And the it's ON, he chases the Guinea Roo for a long time, till he's convinced the Guinea has learned the error of his ways.
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