Easter Eggers

Average User Rating:
4.31564/5,
  • 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. Joannmcg
    5/5,
    "Very Friendly"
    Pros - Friendly, unique colors
    We have 5 and they are all so friendly and sweet. They come running to the coop run door as soon as they see us and follow us around the yard. Each one looks different and they are beautiful.
    Coop Z-ville and pasuit like this.
  2. Coop Z-ville
    5/5,
    "Love These Ladies"
    Pros - Super sweet
    Friendly
    Get along with other breeds
    Beautiful eggs
    These are super friendly birds that get along with everyone-other chickens and people. Docile and easy to care for. I think their feathers are lovely, and each Easter Egger is unique in its looks. I love the beautiful color of their eggs (mine are blue).
    FlaChix, pasuit and Robin K. like this.
  3. KCasey
    1/5,
    "Won’t get again"
    Pros - Completely stopped laying during molt.
    Very poor cold weather layers even with a little supplement light.
    Not friendly.
    Visually boring.
    Cons - Colorful eggs.
    I’ve had Americanas, Buff Brahmas and Orpingtons and Golden Laced Wyandottes over the years. All layed year round and through soft molt. I’ve had the Easter Eggers for 2 1/2 years and from a flock of 7 I get no eggs in late summer fall when molting and 3 eggs/week total in cold weather even with a little supplement light. They are also not much to look at - feathers are dull white, grey and tan except for one which looks similar to a golden lace.
    gnine0326 and pasuit like 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
      <3
      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. 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.
  6. 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.
  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. 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.
  9. morrowsl
    I have six EEs. All are sweet birds.
  10. 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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