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:

  • d71d6c2f_IMG_3055.jpeg a1a00880_IMG_1335.jpeg f7a7420a_356711921LL.jpeg 7b99805f_cute4.jpeg 6692783d_900x600px-LL-5bc8c96a_prinjasm.jpeg e6647255_IMG_4759.jpeg ede21f62_Bedazzle1.jpeg ccfa47ef_Bedazzlefaceshot.jpeg 14e3fc86_6209697896_f45606b193_z.jpeg 16479aa2_6209173613_5baa8a1749_z.jpeg e8b0a4a8_5913626167_205559fc08_z.jpeg 799d010b_6006606399_63fb4609fd_z.jpeg 3831ce1a_6204604691_5b8e9699d2_z.jpeg 718f304a_6864171367_99775b3873_z.jpeg 1445a1c3_LightBrahmas4-25-12004.jpeg a6f697ae_IMG_0713.jpeg e1f1052d_chickens013.jpeg c8b3095d_Dakota3.jpeg 65c38010_april3.jpeg 80d64bf1_900x600px-LL-47415037_goldie2012.jpeg 45c2b7bb_betty2.jpeg 532e955e_IMG_0052.jpeg 14fe74c6_IMG_1447.jpeg 1f62b1c8_168844_726814351574_303115922_n.jpeg 721124a3_5.jpeg 232f1f75_5.jpeg 21b0feec_019.jpeg ca900c3d_chickens.jpeg 746895a2_DSCN4613-1.jpeg 81684aa3_Anastasia5.jpeg 883a1438_Buttercup4.jpeg 6bec790c_General.jpeg 13319aea_Lilly6.jpeg 3408c40d_DSCN0452.jpeg 5fddedb6_680x680px-LL-f16e9960_Steve_EasterEgger.jpeg 6c1ecc13_Tatianaspics128.jpeg 6bc090a8_Tatianaspics127.jpeg 2e02f9fe_c.jpeg d71ee8e3_Sylvia.jpeg 6e543142_5AmyMom-Ameraucana039.jpeg d184b111_3days.jpeg a2b4e971_DSC07408.jpeg 1fabf211_P1050414.jpeg d9b16e4b_Sylvia.jpeg b5a3b333_DSCF3046.jpeg 3706ce77_DSC_0292.jpeg a69740ea_IMG_2414.jpeg 9958a265_image.jpeg dc27c89b_014.jpeg e25ac6b2_image.jpeg 95fbde0c_image.jpeg 84ffb306_2014-05-2917.40.29.jpeg 649d0124_2014-02-2817.14.56.jpeg 8bf14a0a_IMG_20140927_091540.jpeg 4a52560c_IMG_4052.jpeg 34796cb0_10485588_958047230913025_4900017433440792085_n.jpeg e2125229_20150123_163502.jpeg 71ec2088_image.jpeg 254baab4_image.jpeg ab36a960_image.jpeg 36157930_image.jpeg 9134a6a4_image.jpeg fc5a8328_DSCF6335.jpeg 2bdd0708_DSCF6419.jpeg 7fc2bfa6_freedomEE.jpeg 0856a60c_image.jpeg 8bd2bcf4_Dinking.jpeg e9c8439a_eebabies2.jpeg 4f163e8e_eeBABIES.jpeg 12612d8b_MdBs4S.png 511c3ee8_chickensrun.jpeg 3433ce34_image.png b077acae_865B3F48-7E72-4686-86F7-92EFEB3C22D9.JPG.jpeg caee808d_50182217804__9FBA7DC0-3A5D-4A35-927C-3F424B5E2416.jpeg

  • 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. TelfTheElf
  2. BarnhartChickens98
    Pros - Great color plumage and egg color, great foragers
    Cons - Flighty and an escape artist.
  3. Sherloki
    "My Favorite "Breed" thus far"
    Pros - Colorful, colorful eggs, variability
    Cons - Not the best layers, can be noisy, variabilty
    I have to say Easter Eggers are probably my favorite "breed", I love all of the randomness of the colors and how much each chick is a surprise as to what it'll look like. I had 3 Easter Eggers in my original flock of 10 (which sadly had to be rehomed when we moved), and now have 7 more EE chicks out of 21 total.

    Of the original 3, 2 were the friendliest of the flock and were happy to be handled, and the other one was the least friendly of the entire flock and would scream and run if you ever managed to get close enough to touch her. That's what I mean about variability, it's lovely in the colors of the birds and the eggs, but if you want consistency then this is not the breed for you. The new chicks are still too young to assess but no one has the same color pattern.
    Clarity1210 likes this.

User Comments

To post comments, simply sign up and become a member!
  1. inearth
    I have 2 Easter eggers, (From what TSC said.) They're both hens and Both Sweet, They dont have much of any cheek or puffs though, just a weird pony tail or something going on at the top of their head, its so weird, I have never seen it ever before.
      pasuit likes this.
  2. Chook to chook
    We have one EE and she is not the sweetest or most personable bird. We got her as an adult and she was not handled much so I suspect that has something to do with her disposition. If I were to describe her personality, I would have to say "crotchety old maid". She is, however, one of our best layers. Her eggs are beautiful, large, and profuse in number. She actually taught our young birds to roost and to put themselves to bed in the coop at dusk, so she's is definitely a worthwhile bird if not the friendliest.
  3. nwsunshine
    Very dependable egg layers, large colorful eggs - we have 2- both are more on the aggressive side with other breeds in the flock, especially when it comes to roosting or eating. One runs like a roadrunner, very funny to watch.
  4. davedavey
    Found a 6 week old chick in the parking lot at winco last summer. She was around 10 months becore she started laying.
    1. Devonne Short
      That's awesome!
      Devonne Short, May 9, 2018
    2. Corys chickens
      hay that's great and the eggs look really good to what kinds of chickens do you have
      Corys chickens, Sep 22, 2018
  5. Devonne Short
    I love my Penny she is a Ameraucana!
      Bonnie sue and BlueHenDel like this.
  6. BlueHenDel
    I just got my first EEs on Wednesday (4/11/18). They are the most adorable little creatures! Two of them. I already have had/raised 5 Ameraucanas. Hope my EEs grow up to be as strong and healthy AND FEMALE as my Ameraucanas did! Looking forward to the colors of eggs they will lay. :wee
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: