Large fowl black Ameraucana are the most popular APA recognized variety and 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. The black Ameraucana at Cackle Hatchery® are bred to produce the bluest egg shells possible…the natural light pastel blue color. Large fowl black Ameraucana were created by John W Blehm, of Michigan, and our seed stock came from him in 2014. They are also a good choice for a breed to show in competition or Exhibition.
Newbie Note: There are some white feathers in their 1st and 2nd stage feathering which is normal but by the 6th month they are solid black feathers.
NOTE: Our sexors 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. Which is well below the normal average of 90% accurate on other breeds. Please take this into consideration when ordering females.
NOTE: It should be noted that this breed has an inherent genetic beak issue. 1 out of 100 chicks as they grow may have some variance in severity of scissor beak/cross beak. This can be best described when the top and bottom beak do not align and this condition normally will get worse as they grow. There are numerous articles and information on the Internet on this subject. Also most Easter Egger™ chickens don’t inherit the lethal alleles from their parents unlike a lot of Araucana chickens.