Originally Posted by DuckGirl77
I just did a little research and found that EEs are chickens that have a blue egg gene. So, I guess any mix that has it? That's what I know so far about it. I need to keep researching, though, to make sure I'm not getting anything wrong.
I'm glad this came up! I always thought that an EE was a "polluted" Araucana or Ameraucana, kind of like those breeds that have had other breeds mixed with them but still retain most of the main characteristics.
I'll give you a run-down of the basics of Easter Eggers/Araucana/Ameraucana. In the early 1900s, birds that were called Araucana were imported from South America. Some laid brown eggs, some laid blue eggs, and some laid green. They were commonly called the 'Easter Egger' breed, even though they weren't really a breed, but an unrefined, landrace 'type.' A few breeders got together and started selectively breeding for the traits seen in the Araucana breed. Once they got their Araucanas recognized under that name, the birds that didn't meet that standard became known as Ameraucana. Again, a group of breeders began selectively breeding and got their birds recognized as the breed we know as Ameraucana. Hatcheries and some breeders, however, never bothered to update their birds' labels to reflect the changes. This is why they still insist on calling their birds Ameraucana, because that's what they were - 30 years ago.
You see, the Easter Eggers came first. The birds you buy as Ameraucana from hatcheries are descended for those original imports. The Araucana and Ameraucana came from Easter Eggers.
With the rise of backyard chicken keeping, people have now expanded the "Easter Egger" definition to include any bird that lays a blue/green egg, leading to even more confusion.