Splash Ameraucanas are mostly white birds with random splashes of blue to black color in their feathers. These attractive chickens are easy to create by breeding two blue Ameraucanas together. Since blue doesn’t breed true, blue, black and splash chicks may hatch.
Splash does breed true, though. So splash bred to splash produces only splash chicks. Splash and black are co-dominant. So splash bred to black results in all blue chicks.
Cackle Hatchery® started offering blue egg laying splash Ameraucanas in 2018. A small percentage will lay eggs with shells in shades of light green. Splash Ameraucanas are not a recognized standard variety by the American Poultry Association. For a list of the best blue egg layers visit Cackle Hatchery’s Best Blue Egg Layers Blog.
NOTE: Our sexers have a hard time determining the gender of the Ameraucana. So their vent sexing on this breed is about 80% accurate on the average, and well below the normal average accuracy of 90% for other breeds. Please take this into consideration when ordering females.
Also, the Ameraucana 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. This condition occurs when the top and bottom beak don’t align. The condition normally gets worse as the chick grows. You can find more information about this issue on our Cackle Hatchery blog. Numerous articles and information on the Internet cover this subject.
Make plans to order your splash Ameraucana chicks as soon as late November. They hatch and ship from early February through early August.