Easter Eggers

Average User Rating:
  • Breed Purpose:
    Egg Layer
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    Egg Color:
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Quiet,Docile
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Any and All Colors
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl

    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.

    Easter Egger chicks

    Easter Egger egg

    Easter Egger rooster

    Easter Egger hen

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

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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.







Recent User Reviews

  1. TelfTheElf
  2. BarnhartChickens98
    Pros - Great color plumage and egg color, great foragers
    Cons - Flighty and an escape artist.
  3. Sherloki
    "My Favorite "Breed" thus far"
    Pros - Colorful, colorful eggs, variability
    Cons - Not the best layers, can be noisy, variabilty
    I have to say Easter Eggers are probably my favorite "breed", I love all of the randomness of the colors and how much each chick is a surprise as to what it'll look like. I had 3 Easter Eggers in my original flock of 10 (which sadly had to be rehomed when we moved), and now have 7 more EE chicks out of 21 total.

    Of the original 3, 2 were the friendliest of the flock and were happy to be handled, and the other one was the least friendly of the entire flock and would scream and run if you ever managed to get close enough to touch her. That's what I mean about variability, it's lovely in the colors of the birds and the eggs, but if you want consistency then this is not the breed for you. The new chicks are still too young to assess but no one has the same color pattern.
    Clarity1210 likes this.

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.
      Phoebus, Fox2112, Cycomiko and 8 others like this.
    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
      Rickwar04 and kd_colorado like this.
    2. Fox2112
      Fox2112, Mar 29, 2018
    3. Rudys Flock
      We have a Rooster, 4 months old, his beak isn't crossed but he can't close his mouth. He is our biggest bird, I think because he only eats out of the feeders, He tries to peck around the yard but doesn't get much, we give them a treat of bread every morning, he can't hang on to it. I feel so sorry for him when the girls grab it as soon as he drops his piece. We try and try to give to him special but he just can't hold on. Not too worried about him though as he is the biggest bird we have
      Rudys Flock, Jul 9, 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. davedavey
    Found a 6 week old chick in the parking lot at winco last summer. She was around 10 months becore she started laying.
    1. Devonne Short
      That's awesome!
      Devonne Short, May 9, 2018
    2. Corys chickens
      hay that's great and the eggs look really good to what kinds of chickens do you have
      Corys chickens, Sep 22, 2018
  4. 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
      Bonnie sue, BlueHenDel, VHoff and 3 others like this.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. BamaBees
    I got 4 EE pullets from Tractor Supply this past spring. They are fine and quite handsome birds, but have not started laying yet. This might have something to do with the fact that all 4 have started CROWING.
    1. TLHloveschicks
      TLHloveschicks, Dec 24, 2018
    2. tjroth
      OH NO!!! That's my luck. I was given 6 chickens for free. One started crowing within 2 weeks and about 2 months later 2 more started.
      tjroth, Jan 21, 2019
  8. 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
  9. Nutmeg15
    I have raised two EEs (one roo and one hen who has sadly passed on), as well as a barnyard mix that I suspected to have come from an EE, and they have been the most beautifully colored chickens I have raised. Not to mention their eggs! One of my hens was the classic orange-brown color with black feathers, the other a silky gray, and my rooster is basically a rainbow. I miss finding a green egg and a blue egg in the nesting box each day. My two hens were excellently tempered and liked being handled moderately. The rooster is very protective of his hens (which he over-mated until we separated them) and aggressive, but I chalk that up to being a rooster and not his breed.
  10. morrowsl
    I have six EEs. All are sweet birds.

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