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. JedJackson
    "Excellent backyard chickens"
    Pros - Very good layers of eggs of many colors, medium sized and fairly thrifty eaters, most are non-setters, lots of different plumage colors, hardy, good foragers and healthier than most.
    Cons - Noisier and not as calm as some of the heavier breeds. Not accepted by the Standard of Perfection, so cannot be shown at poultry shows.
    This is similar to land races of chickens such as Icelandic and Swedish Flower hens in that they have no breed standards but often have certain traits, such as beards and muffs, green legs, and mixed, wild type coloring, but they don't always have these traits. Nor do they always lay blue eggs. Brown, pale brown, pinkish brown, tinted and any shade of green are also possible. And that is part of Easter eggers' charm-- you can get a rainbow of shades in both the eggs and the plumage, and you never know what you will get until the birds have grown and lay eggs. It's like the lottery, with no real losers.

    They are very good layers. Perhaps not quite up there with sex links or Leghorns, but not too far off from that, and they have more personality, in my opinion. Because they are of mixed blood they seem to have some hybrid vigor, and mine suffer less from disease and ailments than most of the pure breeds I have raised. They are also pretty quick and good at eluding predators.

    For anyone wanting a colorful flock that lays colorful eggs but isn't interested in showing or raising pure breeds, these are a really excellent choice.
  2. meetthebubus
    "You won't regret owning these eggers!"
    Pros - Sweet, fun, pretty, quiet, very calm, not very skittish, curious, loves to play, loves to dust bathe, don't fight much amongst themselves, cuddles, beautiful, loving
    Cons - None that I can think of
    I have had 19 Easter eggers for 5 months now and I'm so glad I got them!
    They aren't very skittish like my orpingtons are which makes them fun and probably why they say they are great for kids.

    They are curious, love to jump up high for perching, dust bathe a lot, they will jump up and sit for cuddles and they do not fight much amongst themselves.

    They have been laying eggs for 1 month and they are mostly green from mint to darker green.

    They have fluffy feathers framing their faces and tiny feather eyelashes large eyes, and are multi colored
    I have one rooster in them who is super colorful with tons of Green/black shiny feathers.

    They are pretty brave and easy going for chickens and I hate the fact some people concentrate on the fact they are mixed breed, because they are beautiful birds that are fun to be around
    Aji Dulce, Stepnout, Phoebus and 2 others like this.
  3. chicken-rooquacks
    "Fun & comical"
    Pros - -unique appearance with diverse feather coloration
    -lays colored eggs
    -overall docile, easy-going nature
    - wide gene pool with very little health problems
    Cons - -inherent crook beak est. 1 in every 100 chicks.
    -personalities and egg production may vary drastically, due to wide gene pool
    OVERALL: The easter egg chicken is a great beginner fowl-bird, with very few health problems, and an overall easy-going nature.

    They have beards, they lay colored eggs, and are relatively docile. what's not to love?

    TEMPERAMENT: the hens are usually easy-going and docile. They have a tendency to be quite comical and inquisitive in nature. Be careful, though. that curiosity can get them into some strange places.
    Because of their wide genetics, expect the individual personality to vary from bird to bird. some may be outgoing and brave, others shy and flighty.
    The personality of the roosters are very unpredictable. Some will be docile, others will be aggressive.

    Typically, they stick to their environment and heavily enjoy the safety & company of their own flock. While they CAN fly, they rarely are the "leader of escapes." However, it's not beyond them to be the first to follow another chicken who's already hopped the fence.

    They have the ability to become broody, therefore usually will tolerate new generations better than a breed that rarely (or never) goes broody.

    They are agile and quick, making them suitable for free-range.

    HEALTH: Due to their wide genetics, one rarely comes across any severe health issue with easter egg chickens. They have good joints, hearts, & lungs. They live long lives & are naturally robust, fairly muscular, strong-boned chickens.

    The most common health concern is a non-lethal genetic trait called Cross-beak. ( Cross-beak is where the upper jaw grows crooked or malformed, causing the upper and lower jaw to fail to align properly. Most cases will worsen with age. the most severe cases leave the upper jaw useless, therefore forcing the chicken to scoop up food with their lower jaw and tongue. severe crook-beaks require extra care, a "mushy" food or food propped up at head-height, to accommodate feeding. ) this deformity is estimated 1 in every 100 chicks, but is usually present far less than in ameraucanas.

    APPEARANCE: A unique bird with unique, endless feather patterns & coloration, to match their relatively endless egg colors. They have both beards and tufts. Looking at one head-on, it appears to walk around with a permanent smile.

    EGG PRODUCTION: This varies depending the line you get, and on what your breeder or hatchery breeds for. Some places will breed for high egg production, others will focus more on appearance. They can lay green, blue, or even pinkish-brown eggs.

    AS USED FOR MEAT: this bird is also used for meat, due to a moderately fast growth rate & an insatiable taste resembling quail. The bird is not a heavy-weight, but by far isn't the smallest, either. To my best of knowledge, they are considered standards.

    GENETIC HISTORY: The easter egger's genetics stem from many breeds, with a large history linked to ameraucanas. They are also related to araucanas. However, many people will tell you quite frankly, that's not the only two in the genepool. in fact, most say it's so diverse they don't know for sure all the breeds that were used create the easter egger, therefore leaving the rest a mystery.

    Because they are not recognized as an actual "breed," It took many years to convince anyone that the easter egg chicken was worthy for show. That being said, the easter egg chicken could be considered one of the most beautiful "Mutt" creations. Today, they are accepted in show as misc., but remain widely known as not belonging to any certain breed, and rather are named cross-breeds, or mixed breed, etc.

    PRICE: most places will sell easter eggers for a very affordable fraction of the other colored egg layers. they are usually the cheapest colored egg layer available on market.

User Comments

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  1. grayv
    We have a handful of Amerucanas and we like them! I didn't use the word "love" because they are not NEARLY as friendly as the rest of our flock (Barred Rocks & Black Sex Links) and they seem to have many more feather issues than our other two breeds. We LOVE the look of their eggs, though and that's why we choose to continue to keep them. Their eggs are always a fun conversation starter!
      Bonnie sue, BlueHenDel and pasuit like this.
  2. Stephanie Mitchell
    This is the type of chicken I strive to breed to. Although there is no standard, I feel the birds I use as an example are level headed birds, with varying feather colour. Though to me they must have a pea comb (or small, flush to the skin), and beard/muff feathering. Leg feathers aren't as important but an interesting addition. Crests are I guess an option as well depending on what birds you originally bred to make the EE's. I will be attempting a cross between Sultan and Ameraucana in the coming years to test temperament, as well as crossing Ameraucana with Faverolle (which I understand is already a 'thing'). Looking forward to future EE crosses!!
      Bonnie sue, BlueHenDel and pasuit like this.
  3. 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.
      BlueHenDel, kMamaHen and pasuit like this.
  4. Liz Birdlover
    I love my EEs so much, they are the sweetest natured birds, easy to handle and lay beautiful eggs daily, even throughout the winter without providing extra light. They have wonderful personalities. I got several at a place where they were overcrowded, not happy at all, and were quite traumatized and skittish. I cleaned each one up, checked them over, tended to their injuries, one had very bad bumblefoot, and another was plucked totally bald. Now they are all happy, healthy, calm and actually come running to me when they see or hear me. The Roosters are very sweet, and the youngest one just loves me, and lets me pick him up, and sits on my lap to be pet. They are wonderful!
      Bonnie sue, BlueHenDel and pasuit like this.
  5. pasuit
    LOVE EGGERS!!!!!!!
      BlueHenDel likes this.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. morrowsl
    I have six EEs. All are sweet birds.
  10. 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.
      BlueHenDel, VHoff and pasuit like this.

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