Easter Eggers

Average User Rating:
4.31564/5,
  • 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. Joannmcg
    5/5,
    "Very Friendly"
    Pros - Friendly, unique colors
    We have 5 and they are all so friendly and sweet. They come running to the coop run door as soon as they see us and follow us around the yard. Each one looks different and they are beautiful.
    pasuit likes this.
  2. Coop Z-ville
    5/5,
    "Love These Ladies"
    Pros - Super sweet
    Friendly
    Get along with other breeds
    Beautiful eggs
    These are super friendly birds that get along with everyone-other chickens and people. Docile and easy to care for. I think their feathers are lovely, and each Easter Egger is unique in its looks. I love the beautiful color of their eggs (mine are blue).
    pasuit and Robin K. like this.
  3. KCasey
    1/5,
    "Won’t get again"
    Pros - Completely stopped laying during molt.
    Very poor cold weather layers even with a little supplement light.
    Not friendly.
    Visually boring.
    Cons - Colorful eggs.
    I’ve had Americanas, Buff Brahmas and Orpingtons and Golden Laced Wyandottes over the years. All layed year round and through soft molt. I’ve had the Easter Eggers for 2 1/2 years and from a flock of 7 I get no eggs in late summer fall when molting and 3 eggs/week total in cold weather even with a little supplement light. They are also not much to look at - feathers are dull white, grey and tan except for one which looks similar to a golden lace.
    pasuit likes this.

User Comments

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  1. morrowsl
    I have six EEs. All are sweet birds.
  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.
      BlueHenDel, VHoff and pasuit like this.
  3. Allisonlovesnancy
    how do I know if my girl is an EE rather than an Ameraucana?
      pasuit likes this.
  4. 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.
      Phoebus, Fox2112, Cycomiko and 8 others like this.
    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
      <3
      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
  5. 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.
  6. 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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  7. Coturnix Quail
    My EE is by far, the sweetest hen in the flock! I think you need at least one in each flock!
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Fiona394
    Best birds ever. Very calm and beautiful.
      HeidiEmbrey likes this.

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