The large fowl blue Ameracuana chicken is one of several color varieties of Ameraucanas the American Poultry Association recognizes. Cackle Hatchery® started offering blue Ameraucana day-old chicks in 2015. They are not the same as Easter Egger™. Nor are they Araucana. They are the real deal! We have a limited supply of this rare variety, created by Master Breeder John W. Blehm.
For a list of the best blue egg layers visit Cackle Hatchery’s Best Blue Egg Layers Blog.
Blue chickens are based on blacks, but with the black feathers diluted to blue by the blue gene (Bl). Ideally each feather has black lacing. The plumage is a blue/gray color, but the eggs are true blue. A small percentage may be light green.
Blue chickens do not breed true and our blue to blue matings produce approximately 50% blue chicks, 25% black chicks and 25% splash chicks. We will send as many blues as we can in your order, but please also expect some black and splash Ameraucana chicks in your order.
Because our sexers have a hard time determining the gender of this breed, their vent sexing is only about 80% accurate. That is well below the normal average of 90% accuracy for other breeds. Please keep this in mind when ordering females.
Also to be noted is that this breed has an inherent genetic beak issue. One out of 100 chicks may develop scissor beak/cross beak of greater or lesser severity. This condition is best described as the top and bottom beak not aligning. And it normally gets worse as the chick grows. You can find more information about this issue on our Cackle Hatchery blog. Numerous articles about cross beak are also on the internet.
Be ready to order your blue Ameraucana chicks as early as late November. You can request delivery any time from early February through early August.