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. 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
  2. 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.
  3. Gillybean05
    "Easter Eggers"
    Pros - Sweet, pretty eggs can be Easter eggs without dying the eggs, and great egg production
    Cons - Roosters can be a little mean
    Easter Eggers are great chickens. People should get themselves Easter Eggers if they want a chicken. They have pretty eggs, ranging from pink to blue to olive green. They only lay one color in their life though, but it is different from the normal brown or white egg. You can't forget their puffy cheeks though, they always look like they have a bubble in their mouth.

User Comments

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  1. Allisonlovesnancy
    how do I know if my girl is an EE rather than an Ameraucana?
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  2. 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.
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    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
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    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
  3. 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.
  4. 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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  5. Coturnix Quail
    My EE is by far, the sweetest hen in the flock! I think you need at least one in each flock!
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Fiona394
    Best birds ever. Very calm and beautiful.
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  9. achiekitty
    My first EE, Brownie, lays big, brown eggs, which can happen. I guess one parent laid brown eggs. She was skittish when she was younger. She's over a year old now. But she's gotten friendlier over time. She's the "adventurous" one. She goes first, the others follow, even though she's at the bottom of the pecking order - foodwise, anyway. She loves to drink water and will almost always do so when I say " Brownie, water". She also runs to me when I whistle or clap my hands.

    I really wanted green eggs. I know someone who couldn't take care of his one remaining hen. Now we got Blondie, or Goldie (that's what my husband keeps calling her). She's 4 and has a calmer disposition. She doesn't get freaked-out as easily as the younger ones.
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