Easter Eggers

Average User Rating:
4.29738/5,
  • 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. Hambone
    5/5,
    "My favorites"
    Pros - Stayed close to home
    Friendly
    Beautiful birds
    Beautiful eggs
    My first choice in chickens
    Cons - I have nothing bad to say about them.
    kMamaHen, Bonniebooboo and pasuit like this.
  2. Aspen Anderson
    5/5,
    "Brilliant Egg Layers!"
    Pros - Great egg production, can be very sweet and friendly, super cute, even roosters can be friendly!
    Cons - Can be skittish, matures slowly, beards can fall out
    I've had 3 EEs in my lifetime. 2 I owned as a young teen and both were roosters. It could be because we kept them separate from the hens (we accidentally bought roosters), but they were both incredibly sweet. We had a turkey poult given to us - mistaken for a chick - and one of our EE cockerels at a young age was the only one to mother this poult. The other EE roo loved to be around humans. He was such a friendly little guy! I miss them both soooo much.

    I currently own one EE hen. She's not as sociable as our roosters were, but she definitely lays more eggs! :lol:
    She started laying long after we planned, but she started with a bang! Loads of greenish-blue eggs popping out right and left. They're also a really decent size! She lays almost daily, too. Every day we are greeted by a lovely, decently sized, blue-green egg in our nest.

    They're also such a beautiful "breed". They come in literally any color! And their beards can get so big. It makes them look rather funny, but very adorable! The sad thing, though, is that it is common for their beards to go mysteriously missing in the winter. Our EE hen has already lost hers, and is struggling to grow it back. Crossing my fingers and toes that it does! :fl

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    Overall, though, I would definitely recommend Easter Eggers. If socialized appropriately, they can be very loving and sweet, and their eggs are just amazing. Too fun!

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    Highly recommend for those looking for either a pet and/or a good egg layer! You just need a little patience if you're looking for eggs. It is rewarding in the end.
    Purchase Price:
    $3.50
    Purchase Date:
    April 19, 2017
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  3. haileyeverhart
    5/5,
    "Love my EE's"
    Pros - sweet, funny, pretty feathers and eggs, and fluffy beards
    Cons - none!
    Farm stores usually sell "Ameraucanas" but really they're Easter Eggers. And I'm not complaining! Easter Eggers are a mixed breed so they come in such a variety of colors and patterns and have such sweet and funny personalities. My EE's lay mint green eggs everyday and sit on my lap for cuddles. One even wanders through my house looking for treats. They are a perfect family chicken especially for kids! Just got 2 more cause I love em so much.
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User Comments

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  1. jake bauer
    My lone Easter egger developed a off set beek, could not eat on her own, felt bad and thought this is unfair and no way for a chicken to live , when the other 11 chickens peeked and scratched on the ground, she was alone but was reading on this site about possibilities. Started mixing chicken food and water, like a chicken oatmeal and soft human food, I feed her by hand 2 times a day, if I get the right consisitcy and amount in the cup of my hand, she drives her beek into it a little harder than normal and chugs it down. love it when I come home from work, I call out and she is so happy to see me, I feed her till full, lays a beautiful green egg 3 times a week. We also adopted a 3 year old, our neighbors gave us, sweet bird.
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    1. pasuit
      I'm so glad you took the time to investigate and get her to eat. Ive heard so many horror stories about culling them from the flock. Kudos to you,
      pasuit, Jan 3, 2018
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    2. Fox2112
      <3
      Fox2112, Mar 29, 2018
  2. ChicksInCT
    Our blue EE is top of the flock. She's a real people charmer--flies up to my shoulder, dances on my feet when she wants something. Will walk around the outside of the house looking in to find me if she needs something and shout at me to come help her with whatever she needs...such as back into her house to lay. She's a gentle top bird. Puts them in their place but no blood. One of our absolute favorite girls--would get another in a heartbeat. Kids absolutely adore her. She is always first to come say hi when we get home. Ours lays green, very productive and large eggs.
  3. The Reds
    We just adopted a flock with these happy birds in it. They are very friendly, easy to catch, and the eggs are fun since we are used to just your average brown egg
      BlueHenDel, VHoff, pasuit and 2 others like this.
  4. RingAroundTheRosie
    We have 2 Easter Egger Pullets and 6 more chicks on the way. The two we have, "Pretzel" and "Moonpie" are so sweet. When we first got them around 8 weeks there were skiddish, however being around them several times a day every day, warmed them to us very quickly. They eat from our hands and like to be in whichever area we are in. I would not want a flock without one :)
      VHoff, pasuit, WhatAboutBob? and 2 others like this.
  5. morrowsl
    I have six EEs. All are sweet birds.
  6. Mcse4u
    I will never buy another bird from a swap meet. I bought two blue wheaton aumericanas from a witchy lady, and one ended up being a rooster, and the other is over 21 weeks old, and has not laid a single egg. She is also at the bottom of the pecking order, is skittish, and standoffish while every other hen I have, squats down and lets me pet them, feed them from my hand and hang out with me. I doubt its indicative of the breed, but I will only buy my chicks from Tractor supply from now on.
    1. Cycomiko
      I have an Easter Egger that skittish, bottom of the pecking order, and didn't lay until 28 weeks. The day she layed her first egg, she rocketed up the pecking order. She layes 7 eggs in 8 days, constantly. Pink ones at that. Patience and understanding are rewarded.
      Cycomiko, Mar 4, 2018
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  7. Coturnix Quail
    My EE is by far, the sweetest hen in the flock! I think you need at least one in each flock!
  8. 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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  9. Varrington
    I have 2 EE's and they are more friendly than my Australorp's. I was surprised when they layed their first eggs. They we're supposed to be Americauna. But I got green/ light olive eggs. Love my girls anyway.
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  10. ChickenyChickeny
    I have a black EE called sweet pea, she has these cute little 'mutton chops' it looks just like she has huge sideburns :) so cute

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