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.






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Recent User Reviews

  1. Hambone
    "My favorites"
    Pros - Stayed close to home
    Beautiful birds
    Beautiful eggs
    My first choice in chickens
    Cons - I have nothing bad to say about them.
    kMamaHen, Bonniebooboo and pasuit like this.
  2. Aspen Anderson
    "Brilliant Egg Layers!"
    Pros - Great egg production, can be very sweet and friendly, super cute, even roosters can be friendly!
    Cons - Can be skittish, matures slowly, beards can fall out
    I've had 3 EEs in my lifetime. 2 I owned as a young teen and both were roosters. It could be because we kept them separate from the hens (we accidentally bought roosters), but they were both incredibly sweet. We had a turkey poult given to us - mistaken for a chick - and one of our EE cockerels at a young age was the only one to mother this poult. The other EE roo loved to be around humans. He was such a friendly little guy! I miss them both soooo much.

    I currently own one EE hen. She's not as sociable as our roosters were, but she definitely lays more eggs! :lol:
    She started laying long after we planned, but she started with a bang! Loads of greenish-blue eggs popping out right and left. They're also a really decent size! She lays almost daily, too. Every day we are greeted by a lovely, decently sized, blue-green egg in our nest.

    They're also such a beautiful "breed". They come in literally any color! And their beards can get so big. It makes them look rather funny, but very adorable! The sad thing, though, is that it is common for their beards to go mysteriously missing in the winter. Our EE hen has already lost hers, and is struggling to grow it back. Crossing my fingers and toes that it does! :fl

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    Overall, though, I would definitely recommend Easter Eggers. If socialized appropriately, they can be very loving and sweet, and their eggs are just amazing. Too fun!


    Highly recommend for those looking for either a pet and/or a good egg layer! You just need a little patience if you're looking for eggs. It is rewarding in the end.
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    Purchase Date:
    April 19, 2017
    pasuit likes this.
  3. haileyeverhart
    "Love my EE's"
    Pros - sweet, funny, pretty feathers and eggs, and fluffy beards
    Cons - none!
    Farm stores usually sell "Ameraucanas" but really they're Easter Eggers. And I'm not complaining! Easter Eggers are a mixed breed so they come in such a variety of colors and patterns and have such sweet and funny personalities. My EE's lay mint green eggs everyday and sit on my lap for cuddles. One even wanders through my house looking for treats. They are a perfect family chicken especially for kids! Just got 2 more cause I love em so much.
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User Comments

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  1. 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.
  2. 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! 
  3. TheBantyCoop
    I am sorry to hear that you had that experience. It is extremely bizarre that your EE took a whole year to lay!
  4. TheBantyCoop
    I am sorry to hear that you had that experience. It is extremely bizarre that your EE took a whole year to lay!
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  5. Lil 2 U
    My EEs are the most diligent layers - half of them lay all winter (without any supplemental light) and although I do agree that they are kind of willowy and not as bulky as my buff orpingtons, they lay larger eggs for their size. 90% of them lay every day from spring to fall, where as the buffs only lay 70%, and none during the winter. Mine were hand raised and are fairly tame but definately not as laid back as the buffs, but I spend a fair amount of time hand feeding the whole flock (more fun than candy crush!), so most will let me run my hand over them and are easy to catch and not even all that offended after a handfull of mealworms. I don't keep an EE rooster, and cross breeding them with the buff orpington rooster gets them a little bigger and a little calmer, still laying blue/green eggs, but probably only for a generation or two. I think I'll always keep some in the flock!
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  6. yyz0yyz0
    My first attempt at EE's has not been a good experience for me. I got three chicks from a feed store, one was a roo, one died within 24hrs and the last one took 51 weeks to lay her first egg! Not kidding 51 wks, actually it was probably closer to 52wks before we got an egg from her. She was just days away from taking a trip to freezer camp when she started to lay.

    I know my sample is very small, but after my experiences I won't be getting anymore in the near future.
    1. Bonniebooboo
      Sorry to hear that. failed first tries are hard to deal with. Sometimes it takes a second try. Best for whatever you decide to do. My 4 started laying eggs at 4 months old. stopped while in the molt and otherwise are consistent layers of Med/large eggs. are bigger than most of my Buff's.
      Bonniebooboo, Jun 30, 2017
  7. chicken4prez
    That's not my rooster. It's just a profile picture for the EE. :)
  8. BYCforlife
    When did you steal my rooster?! That picture is like an exact replica of my rooster.
  9. Betsy57
    One of my "EEs" lays brown eggs. I may try to breed her with my blue egg rooster and see if they are blue. I want blue/green eggs.
  10. Coopmom56
    Contrary to your experience, my EEs are the sweetest of my flock. My Hazel (named after my grandma in heaven) chases me around until I pick her up. I usually lay her on her back in my hands and stroke her neck and breast and she sticks her legs straight out and goes to sleep. Haha! Her friend, Peaches, also likes to be held. Maybe I was just lucky in the two that came to me?

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