Easter Eggers

Average User Rating:
4.33154/5,
  • 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. TelfTheElf
  2. BarnhartChickens98
    4/5,
    "Beautiful"
    Pros - Great color plumage and egg color, great foragers
    Cons - Flighty and an escape artist.
  3. Sherloki
    5/5,
    "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.
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User Comments

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  1. grinningranny
    My EE is the absolutely smartest chicken in my flock. She figures out how to get what she wants and does it! At 6 years old she is still giving me 1 to 3 beautiful eggs a week. She is fairly low in the pecking order, and not the friendliest, but doesn't mind a little petting now and then. Even though some of her offspring don't look like her, I'm getting blue and green eggs from them. The one that does look like her lays brown eggs.
  2. Plain Jules
    I love my feathered family they are super sweet which is great to have teaching my little boys their greatness :)
  3. Mimi Lover
    My hens are super sweet and will follow me around the yard. They are very beautiful and lay large pretty blue eggs. I also have an EE rooster and he is truly stunning, he crows quite a bit and I just love it. Truly one of the prettiest rooster I've ever seen.
  4. Chickenfarmer101
    Will Easter eager hens sit on their fertilized eggs?
  5. flwrldy
    One of the best breeds! Love mine. Gentle, great mommas, and great layers!
  6. kagarris
    Does an Easter Egger always lay the same color? I have two of them and I only get green eggs, so I'm assuming I'll never see a pink or blue egg. Is that right? They are quite skittish compared to my Buff Orpingtons and Novagens. My one Australorp is by-far the most anti-social. I am guessing that is because she is the only Australorp I have.
    1. achiekitty
      Yes, they don’t change colors. I have 2 EE’s. Goldie lays only green eggs, and Brownie lays only brown egggs. That’s right, some EE’s will lay brown eggs. And they are not as “sweet” as my Grey, my Blue Wyandotte either.
      achiekitty, Mar 9, 2019
    2. Chickie McFuzz
      I have 1 EE and one Australorp. The EE is definitely skittish in comparison. And more noisy. Nice green eggs though! And continues to be a good layer, even though she is over 4 years old
      Chickie McFuzz, Mar 30, 2019
    3. Clarity1210
      I have (had - just lost 1) 3 EEs. One lays a light blue/aqua, another lays a light blue - green with a faint overtone of olive, and the third lays a light olive-green egg. The basic colors have been consistent, but occasionally the coloration is a little weaker. Great layers!
      Clarity1210, Apr 24, 2019
  7. tacothechicken
    Best roosters ive ever had! We were hoping for hens but both our boys defied expectations and are very well behaved and gentlemanly whith our girls even when the ladies are in a truly fowl mood theyre very attentive. plus
    They've remained un-aggressive even when not hand raised and like to eat from your hand and show off. Hoping I'll get some hens next batch and breed up these
    Cute little Muppets!
    1. my2ducks
      I wish you lived closer to me, I need a good home for my beautiful friendly Easter Egger Roo. You dont know anyone in so cal who'd like one do you?
      my2ducks, Mar 2, 2019
  8. Barnart55
    anybody know where I can purchase an Easter Egger in the Boston Metro West area? Preferably 6 mos. to a year old?
  9. MarcyG
    We LOVE our sweet EE, "Robyn." Here's a pic of her taken last July 2018. She gifts us with beautiful light green eggs during laying months. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  10. Robin K.
    I have 7 chocolate easter Eggers in the incubator now. I hope they hatch!

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