Ameraucana chickens are pretty neat. They do not have large combs and sport muffs around their faces rather than wattles, the hanging down red things you see on must chickens. They are a medium sized bird with longer legs and are wonderful at foraging. They fly rather well too, so it is surprising that they are staying in the coop area, since they can easily go out if they wish. As a matter of fact, they stay inside all too much and I am wondering why. The Chanteclers are not mean to them, but the Guineas can push them around. There are all females except the one black and white Splash coloured rooster. He is not a great specimen as far as perfect conformation goes, but he is a pretty interesting fellow and stays with his girls all the time. These Ameraucanas are supposed to be blue (which is really a bluish grey), black (which has beetle green and blue in it as well a midnight black) and black and white spotted, which is called Splash. There are a few odd coloured ones, not quite Wheaten coloured, and not in the white category either. Earlier they had started to lay a few eggs, but now that the light is gone so early in the day, they are not laying at all. The breed is very hardy and although they could go next door into the heated and insulated coop, they prefer their own hut, which is just a plywood sheet over livestock panels and a tarp over that. Surprisingly, with the coop full, it is quite a bit warmer than outside and most importantly, it does block the wind. The chickens do not seem to be cold or seeking heat, which would be evidenced by them puffing themselves up, remaining quite still and huddling up. The best part is that they lay blue/green eggs! Simply beautiful!
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