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. birdo101
    "LOVE my sweet easter eggers"
    Pros - Great layer
    Cons - non
    I love my sweet easter egger! After she started laying, she became very friendly and is one of the best layers in the coop. She almost lasted all winter laying! (Live in desert) Everyone needs an easter egger in there flock :)
    Purchase Price:
    pasuit, ~Cuba~ and Bonniebooboo like this.
  2. Beckychick11
    Pros - Personality, egg color
    I love getting Easter eggers. When they are chicks, you never know what you're gonna get. Their coloring changes so much over the duration of feathering. I love having blue eggs in my carton. They can sometimes be the class clown in a flock! Super friendly!
    pasuit and ~Cuba~ like this.
  3. tarahtt
    "Great for Backyard pets!"
    Pros - Variety of Colors both the birds because of the mixed breed and the eggs coming in blues, greens, pinks and browns. . Docile and great pets when raised from chicks.
    Cons - I need some acreage to keep up for my love of these girls!
    My Easter Eggers have given me a beautiful variety of chickens in different colors not to mention the variety of egg color that comes with them. I get blue, blue/green and pink! They are docile enough for my 4 year old daughter to pick up. If you aren't worried about your birds being purebreds, these are wonderful backyard chickens!
    pasuit likes this.

User Comments

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  1. mockingbird
    Maybe it's "hybrid vigor" but my "easter egger" chicks seem to thrive a bit better than my ameraucanas. Not that my ameraucanas are unhealthy - just not as robust as the F1 mix ameraucana/dominiques I hatched this year. They are adorable and I am looking forward to green eggs. (no green ham :p )
      HeidiEmbrey and Bonniebooboo like this.
  2. RoosterCogburn7
    EE's lay colorful eggs, but the most common is light green to light blue. They are naturally curious and great foragers when left to eat bugs and worms.
      Bonniebooboo likes this.
  3. MissBobbi
    all six of mine are (I believe) EE's. I got them as chicks at Tractor Supply and can't clearly define any as a breed so I'm assuming they are EE's. They are only 3 months old (or so) so they are not laying yet, but all but two of them love to be touched and are very friendly birds. They are a great flock!
      Bonniebooboo and old glory ranch like this.
  4. Bonniebooboo
    My 4 hens are very nice. very pretty. 2 lay green eggs and 2 lay light brown eggs. (tan/cream) no pink. all have grey legs, muffs and beards, and pea combs. bought as Ameraucana's, but guess they are EE's. Now I have 6 chicks out of them and a cross bred rooster, none of the chicks have grey legs. they are 8 weeks old now. still pretty birds. The hens are 4 yrs old now, and have never been broody at all. But lay 5 eggs a week. I think that is pretty good. I hatched the eggs in an incubator.
  5. DyingPhoenix
    I have gotten three different batches of EE's from a local Rural King. I was told they receive chicks from Cackle Hatchery.

    While I love the rainbow mix of colors and how their eggs have always been a beautiful mint green, the birds are consistently timid and flighty compared to all the other breeds. I bought another 5 EE chicks this year and guessed they would be the scaredy-cats of my new bunch and was correct. The chicks were borderline frustrating, as they were so timid in the brooder that they scared all the rest of the breeds into a frenzy whenever I even walked up or did anything around them.

    Not one of my EE's have been outwardly friendly and calm, they do settle a bit as they get to the laying age and will squat for me, but only if I'm lucky and I only get one chance to touch them before they will run from me all day long lol.

    However, I will always have a place for them in my mixed flock because I do enjoy them regardless. I'll just cuddle and pet another breed instead.
      old glory ranch likes this.
    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. TheBantyCoop
    I am sorry to hear that you had that experience. It is extremely bizarre that your EE took a whole year to lay!
      ChicksDigUs likes this.

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