The large fowl black Ameraucana chicken is the most popular American Poultry Association recognized variety. And also generally the most winning variety at poultry shows. They have what the judges are looking for and also what many poultry enthusiasts want in a backyard chicken.
Our seedstock for the large fowl black Ameraucana came from their creator, John W Blehm of Michigan, in 2014. Cackle Hatchery® breeds them to produce the bluest egg shells possible — the natural light pastel blue color. A small percentage, however, may be light green shades. For a list of the best blue egg layers visit Cackle Hatchery’s Best Blue Egg Layers Blog.
Newbie Note: Some white feathers appear in the first and second stage feathering, which is normal. But by the sixth month the black Ameraucana chicken will have solid black feathers.
Please note that this breed has an inherent genetic beak issue. One out of 100 chicks, as they grow, may have some variance in severity of scissor beak/cross beak. The best description for this condition is that the top and bottom beak do not align. And the condition normally will get worse as they grow. Numerous articles are on the internet. And you can find more information in our Cackle Hatchery blog.
NOTE: Our sexers have a hard time determining the gender of the Ameraucana. As a result, their vent sexing on this breed is about 80% accurate on the average. That’s well below the normal average of 90% accurate on other breeds. Please take this into consideration when ordering females. For more information contact us.