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 & 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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  • 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. Angie Showman
    "Very sweet!"
    Pros - Pretty colored eggs, friendly, great layers
    Cons - Can be noisy when wanting treats!
    "Easter Eggers ROCK"
    I have a wide variety of breeds in my flock. The oldest are my 5 Easter Egger gals. They're hardy, handle extreme heat AND cold, lay faithfully, forage well, and are very calm. Two of them are the bosses of the entire flock, but they don't bully any of my less assertive breeds like my Polish and Cochin.
  3. Mary's Backyard Chickens
    Pros - Clucks rarely, lays good, friendly toward me and other chickens
    Cons - NONE
    I have had Easter Eggers for 3 years and by far they are awesome. I love the pattern that is in mine's fur, and they are pretty to look at. I highly recommend Easter Eggers.

User Comments

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Allisonlovesnancy
    how do I know if my girl is an EE rather than an Ameraucana?
  4. 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
  5. Alberawi Chicks
    Can anyone tell me if they've ordered from Cackle Hatchery, especially any Rhode Island Reds or Golden Comets, Buff Orpingtons, White Rocks, Barred Rocks, Wyandottes, or Easter Eggers? And, I understand each Easter Egger can have a different personality and each within the same breed can have a different personality (and I do have an older Easter Egger now who is not a cuddly bird but she is nice and lays well). I got a batch of Black Australorps from Chickens from Backyards (which has great service) that are extremely skidish and unfriendly. Also, if I get any new breeds again, I want to try to make sure that are somewhat friendly, fairly docile and/or at least will fit well in a mixed flock without much aggression (allowing for a normal pecking order of course) and be easy to handle.
    1. PattJ
      I agree about Black Australops. I have some Gold sexlinks that are very nice hens, and the few Barred Rocks I've had were also nice. My Buff Orpingtons have been of mixed personalities. My favorite hen ever was a Millefleur, but they lay small, white eggs, so not great if you sell eggs.
      PattJ, Jun 20, 2017
    2. mockingbird
      I ordered Dominiques from Cackle Hatchery and they were very healthy robust chicks.
      mockingbird, Aug 1, 2017
  7. med1pilot
    Just received our first two Easter Egger pullets and I have to agree with the calm and friendly description. They are a little on the timid side and having a hard time incorporating themselves in with the other five girls we have.
  8. TheBantyCoop
    Lil 2 UYour birds sound fantastic!My EE is hand-raised and hand-feed often as well, but I still notice that she is very reluctant to approach me. She is a character! 
  9. TheBantyCoop
    I am sorry to hear that you had that experience. It is extremely bizarre that your EE took a whole year to lay!
  10. yyz0yyz0
    My first attempt at EE's has not been a good experience for me. I got three chicks from a feed store, one was a roo, one died within 24hrs and the last one took 51 weeks to lay her first egg! Not kidding 51 wks, actually it was probably closer to 52wks before we got an egg from her. She was just days away from taking a trip to freezer camp when she started to lay.

    I know my sample is very small, but after my experiences I won't be getting anymore in the near future.
    1. Bonniebooboo
      Sorry to hear that. failed first tries are hard to deal with. Sometimes it takes a second try. Best for whatever you decide to do. My 4 started laying eggs at 4 months old. stopped while in the molt and otherwise are consistent layers of Med/large eggs. are bigger than most of my Buff's.
      Bonniebooboo, Jun 30, 2017

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