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And you should love them...I mean every egg you hatch contains a surprise color, you never know what the chick will look like, and on top of that you can mix and match to get various colored eggs...there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with having an EE.
Edited by Firekin1 - 8/31/15 at 4:45pm
Thanks! Normally I copy the link to the page I save any txt from so I can remember if I ever use it for reference, but for some reason I either forgot to do it or I thought I did and it didn't paste.
Took me a while to find this in my files but I remember copying and saving the txt. These are not my words, and for the life of me I can't remember where I got it from. If anyone knows feel free to post it...lol
Easter Eggers (EEs) are not an APA recognized breed, they are a mix of different breeds. They are sometimes referred to as 'Rainbow Layers.' Easter Eggers are essentially descendants of Araucanas and Ameraucanas on one side of the family, and any other breed on the other side of the family. This gives them great hybrid vigor.
Easter Eggers do not breed true. To 'breed true' means that purebred chicks resemble both parents. Easter Eggers are often intentionally confused with Araucanas and Ameraucanas by use of the misspelling "Americana" or Americauna" by unscrupulous and/or ignorant sellers. EEs will however produce EE off-spring.
According to the Easter Egg Club of America, EEs are "the most popular chicken in America today."* Easter Eggers lay a wide range of egg colors, including: any hue of blue and green and even pink on occasion. Common EE traits include pea combs and wattles that are either small or absent. They often have greenish legs and beards and muffs, but not necessarily. They can have any skin color. Their leg color can range from green to slate and even yellow. Like their eggs. they can be found in an infinite array of feather colors, which makes them a beautiful and unique.
An Olive Egger is a specific type of Easter Egger, that is produced by crossing any dark brown egg-laying breed (in our case, a Black Copper Marans rooster) with a blue egg-laying breed (Ameraucanas, Araucanas, Easter Eggers). The hens of these pairings will produce a green egg
There we go lol...thanks, THAT is much easier to understand than what I was trying to babble about ROFL
Breeding true... Can't breed true with "mutts".... Lol some take offense at the term "mutt", but I don't care, I'm not breeding for show with the EEs, obviously
Just means that. Mixed breed
Also noticed today that blondie is finally showing tail feathers...which seem to be pointing down...so yall just pray i have hens...ok? Lol...
Edited by SaCollins - 9/2/15 at 9:03am
I was under the impression that EE have no set standard since they are mutts...that they can have any type of comb, any leg color, be any color, and lay any color egg *IF not a first generation EE*...from all the research I've done it says that the further down in generations the more possibilities there can be for all the above...is that not true? You and junebuggena are the only two that have ever said otherwise...so I'm a little confused now...
EE aren't "mutts", they're bred with specific egg laying traits in mind. The colored eggs are what maintain the " EE" name...
A mixed breed will most likely not lay blue green eggs, but sometimes EEs lay punk or brown eggs...
Confused still? Lol, its just the "mutt" thing that I believe throws everyone off..EE does NOT equal "mutt", or " mixed breed" to be polite
Edit* but with the proper lines, I do believe you can breed "mutts" into EEs after selection through generations. But still not "mutts", selectively bred " mutts" ha-ha
EE's are mutts. Mix breeds. They "may" have been responsibly bred toward some illusive standard by "some" enthusiasts, may be touted as a breed by some, but they are still all over the map. No consistency regarding looks, size, temperament or egg size or color. Fancy name for a take your chances chicken. Folks seem to be trying to make this a breed, but it's just not.