Easter Eggers

Average User Rating:
4.30548/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Egg Layer
    Comb:
    Pea
    Broodiness:
    Seldom
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size:
    Medium
    Egg Color:
    Blue/Green
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Quiet,Docile
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Any and All Colors
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
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    The Easter Egger is not really a breed. They are relationed to the breeds Ameraucanas and Araucanas, then bred with many different breeds so they no longer fit either breed's standards. They usually have muffs and pea combs, but come in nearly every variety and color, some even have ear tufts or are rumpless. Each EE is different, but overall they are usually a smaller bird that lays pink, green, or blue eggs. They are normally friendly and calm, and their colorful eggs make them a popular choice in backyard flocks.

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    Easter Egger chicks

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    Easter Egger egg

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    Easter Egger rooster

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    Easter Egger hen

    For more info on Easter Eggers and their owners' experiences, see our breed discussion here:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/easter-egger-club.361185/
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Egg Layer
    Comb: Pea
    Broodiness: Seldom
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium (4-5/wk per chick)
    Egg Size: Medium
    Egg Color: Blue/Green

    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Quiet (muffed ones especially quiet), Docile

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    Any and All Colors
    Breed Details:
    Most birds have green legs, while slate legs are often a sign of a blue egg layer. They are gentle birds that love treats and will often follow you around as you tend to chores. Chicks usually have poofy cheeks, and the typical chipmunk stripe pattern. Not all chicks have muffs, however, depending on breeder's flock. The chicks can sometimes be curious and very brave, but as they grow they mellow out. The roosters take very good care of their hens, foraging food, and following their every move. They are the farm favorite here, and there is nothing better than 'Green' eggs and ham.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. chicken-rooquacks
    5/5,
    "Fun & comical"
    Pros - -unique appearance with diverse feather coloration
    -lays colored eggs
    -comical
    -overall docile, easy-going nature
    - wide gene pool with very little health problems
    Cons - -inherent crook beak est. 1 in every 100 chicks.
    -personalities and egg production may vary drastically, due to wide gene pool
    OVERALL: The easter egg chicken is a great beginner fowl-bird, with very few health problems, and an overall easy-going nature.

    They have beards, they lay colored eggs, and are relatively docile. what's not to love?

    TEMPERAMENT: the hens are usually easy-going and docile. They have a tendency to be quite comical and inquisitive in nature. Be careful, though. that curiosity can get them into some strange places.
    Because of their wide genetics, expect the individual personality to vary from bird to bird. some may be outgoing and brave, others shy and flighty.
    The personality of the roosters are very unpredictable. Some will be docile, others will be aggressive.

    Typically, they stick to their environment and heavily enjoy the safety & company of their own flock. While they CAN fly, they rarely are the "leader of escapes." However, it's not beyond them to be the first to follow another chicken who's already hopped the fence.

    They have the ability to become broody, therefore usually will tolerate new generations better than a breed that rarely (or never) goes broody.

    They are agile and quick, making them suitable for free-range.

    HEALTH: Due to their wide genetics, one rarely comes across any severe health issue with easter egg chickens. They have good joints, hearts, & lungs. They live long lives & are naturally robust, fairly muscular, strong-boned chickens.

    The most common health concern is a non-lethal genetic trait called Cross-beak. ( Cross-beak is where the upper jaw grows crooked or malformed, causing the upper and lower jaw to fail to align properly. Most cases will worsen with age. the most severe cases leave the upper jaw useless, therefore forcing the chicken to scoop up food with their lower jaw and tongue. severe crook-beaks require extra care, a "mushy" food or food propped up at head-height, to accommodate feeding. ) this deformity is estimated 1 in every 100 chicks, but is usually present far less than in ameraucanas.

    APPEARANCE: A unique bird with unique, endless feather patterns & coloration, to match their relatively endless egg colors. They have both beards and tufts. Looking at one head-on, it appears to walk around with a permanent smile.

    EGG PRODUCTION: This varies depending the line you get, and on what your breeder or hatchery breeds for. Some places will breed for high egg production, others will focus more on appearance. They can lay green, blue, or even pinkish-brown eggs.

    AS USED FOR MEAT: this bird is also used for meat, due to a moderately fast growth rate & an insatiable taste resembling quail. The bird is not a heavy-weight, but by far isn't the smallest, either. To my best of knowledge, they are considered standards.

    GENETIC HISTORY: The easter egger's genetics stem from many breeds, with a large history linked to ameraucanas. They are also related to araucanas. However, many people will tell you quite frankly, that's not the only two in the genepool. in fact, most say it's so diverse they don't know for sure all the breeds that were used create the easter egger, therefore leaving the rest a mystery.

    Because they are not recognized as an actual "breed," It took many years to convince anyone that the easter egg chicken was worthy for show. That being said, the easter egg chicken could be considered one of the most beautiful "Mutt" creations. Today, they are accepted in show as misc., but remain widely known as not belonging to any certain breed, and rather are named cross-breeds, or mixed breed, etc.

    PRICE: most places will sell easter eggers for a very affordable fraction of the other colored egg layers. they are usually the cheapest colored egg layer available on market.
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  2. Gillybean05
    5/5,
    "Easter Eggers"
    Pros - Sweet, pretty eggs can be Easter eggs without dying the eggs, and great egg production
    Cons - Roosters can be a little mean
    Easter Eggers are great chickens. People should get themselves Easter Eggers if they want a chicken. They have pretty eggs, ranging from pink to blue to olive green. They only lay one color in their life though, but it is different from the normal brown or white egg. You can't forget their puffy cheeks though, they always look like they have a bubble in their mouth.
    Bonniebooboo and Ladyhens66 like this.
  3. Lemontea66
    5/5,
    "One of my favorites"
    Pros - egg color
    Cons - Roos rough on hens
    This is one of my favorites
    Ladyhens66 likes this.

User Comments

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  1. Evelyn's Mom
    Love!! I chose my profile name for my fave hen, Evelyn the Easter Egger! Love her " honky" voice, her sweet personality and her consistent green egg every day!
  2. inearth
    I have 2 Easter eggers, (From what TSC said.) They're both hens and Both Sweet, They dont have much of any cheek or puffs though, just a weird pony tail or something going on at the top of their head, its so weird, I have never seen it ever before.
  3. Chook to chook
    We have one EE and she is not the sweetest or most personable bird. We got her as an adult and she was not handled much so I suspect that has something to do with her disposition. If I were to describe her personality, I would have to say "crotchety old maid". She is, however, one of our best layers. Her eggs are beautiful, large, and profuse in number. She actually taught our young birds to roost and to put themselves to bed in the coop at dusk, so she's is definitely a worthwhile bird if not the friendliest.
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  4. nwsunshine
    Very dependable egg layers, large colorful eggs - we have 2- both are more on the aggressive side with other breeds in the flock, especially when it comes to roosting or eating. One runs like a roadrunner, very funny to watch.
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  5. davedavey
    Found a 6 week old chick in the parking lot at winco last summer. She was around 10 months becore she started laying.
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    1. Devonne Short
      That's awesome!
      Devonne Short, May 9, 2018
  6. Devonne Short
    I love my Penny she is a Ameraucana!
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  7. BlueHenDel
    I just got my first EEs on Wednesday (4/11/18). They are the most adorable little creatures! Two of them. I already have had/raised 5 Ameraucanas. Hope my EEs grow up to be as strong and healthy AND FEMALE as my Ameraucanas did! Looking forward to the colors of eggs they will lay. :wee
  8. grayv
    We have a handful of Amerucanas and we like them! I didn't use the word "love" because they are not NEARLY as friendly as the rest of our flock (Barred Rocks & Black Sex Links) and they seem to have many more feather issues than our other two breeds. We LOVE the look of their eggs, though and that's why we choose to continue to keep them. Their eggs are always a fun conversation starter!
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  9. Stephanie Mitchell
    This is the type of chicken I strive to breed to. Although there is no standard, I feel the birds I use as an example are level headed birds, with varying feather colour. Though to me they must have a pea comb (or small, flush to the skin), and beard/muff feathering. Leg feathers aren't as important but an interesting addition. Crests are I guess an option as well depending on what birds you originally bred to make the EE's. I will be attempting a cross between Sultan and Ameraucana in the coming years to test temperament, as well as crossing Ameraucana with Faverolle (which I understand is already a 'thing'). Looking forward to future EE crosses!!
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  10. vllang
    A Easter Egger is created by crossing a Brown egg Rooster with a Blue egg chicken. Everyone wants to say EE's are Americana's but this isn't so. There are several Blue egg laying chickens True Blue Whiting, Cream Legbars, Auracana's, Americanas and I think there is another I am leaving out. This is why you see EE's that look nothing like the Auracana lines.
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