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What is considered an Easter Egger

Poll Results: What an Easter Egger is...

 
  • 0% (0)
    A mix that lays a blue or green egg but has any leg color, and any comb type.
  • 0% (0)
    A mix that has a pea comb, lays blue or green eggs, may have muffs and a beard, and green legs.
  • 100% (1)
    A mix that lays any color egg, has any comb, and has any leg color.
  • 0% (0)
    An Ameraucana or Araucana mix
  • 0% (0)
    Other (please specify)
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post #1 of 6
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I have read so much (on this site and off) and have been told about Easter Eggers and what is considered an Easter Egger but they all have different ideas what an Easter Egger is :idunno. Is it just a mixed breed with the blue egg gene? But how come some people say that it can lay any color? Does it have to have a pea comb? I have read that they can be mixed with anything, lay anything, have any egg color, and comb type. So what makes it different from a plain mix breed? Others say that is has to have pea combs, green legs, and lay blue or green eggs. I just would like to make sure I tell people the right things when they ask "is this an Easter Egger?". 

 

Some things I have read:

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/09/ameraucana-easter-egger-or-araucana.html

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/713475/diffences-between-ees-ameraucanas-and-araucanas

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/128806/differences-ee-ameraucana-araucana-pls-post-pics

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1001550/what-is-an-easter-egger

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post #2 of 6

In reality the only thing that makes an EE different from any other mixed breed is that it may lay a blue or green tinted egg.

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post #3 of 6
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In reality the only thing that makes an EE different from any other mixed breed is that it may lay a blue or green tinted egg.

That is what I thought but I read in the 1st and 3rd links that they can lay any color :hu. Also I had a bird with a single comb, pinkish legs, but with muffs and a beard that laid a tan colored egg do you know what would of caused the muffs and beard? I was told she was an EE.


Edited by Chicken Girl1 - 5/21/16 at 5:22pm

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post #4 of 6

EE 'may' lay blue or green tinted eggs - there is no guarantee that they will.

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post #5 of 6
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EE 'may' lay blue or green tinted eggs - there is no guarantee that they will.

So it isn't any different from any other mix breed?

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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. 

junebuggena just posted this in another thread. 

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