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Easter Eggers

Average User Rating:
4.31728/5,
  • 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. Better Than Rubies
    5/5,
    "Great article!, OK breed"
    Pros - Super calm for me to carry her around
    Sweet
    Cons - Late maturing
    Skittish/a little flighty
    Bottom of the pecking order
    My EE, Hope, is bullied by her flockmates, unfortunately (although she is also the only one in the small flock with a beard and muffs, but I like that about her) and I believe she also has a slipped Achille's tendon.. But even though she limps/hobbles or hops around everywhere, she still gets around pretty good.
    She doesn't like being held or petted, unfortunately--since I like friendly pets--but I didn't include that as a con because when I catch her, she is super patient and pretty still in my arms (which I can't say for the other birds after a couple of seconds, lol).
    Also, I don't know if she's started laying yet. :\

    I liked this article on EEs, and I like my sweet Easter Egger, too, but overall, she's not my favorite bird (she's just my first/preferred pick to carry around the yard). :D (The article gets five stars, but Hope gets an overall 3 stars).
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    Overall:
    3
    Purchase Price:
    $0
  2. HappyDancin'
    5/5,
    "Love my EEs at all ages!"
    Pros - Colorful eggs, friendly personality, hardy, easy keepers.
    Cons - The incredibly wide variety of "mixes" to make an EE can lead to breed confusion.
    I have several Easter Eggers: baby chicks, adult hens, and one Roo...

    The babies are easily my sweetest, most attention craving little fluffies (of the variety of babies I have currently). The hens curiously follow me around 'chatting' with me. And the rooster respects my space and the hens. I love all of by EE birds, and highly recommend EEs, especially for new chicken keepers.
    Better Than Rubies likes this.
  3. mrs_organized_chaos
    5/5,
    "Great Brief Article"
    Pros - Calm, quiet, inquisitive
    Cons - Some can be more flighty than others.
    This article is a great brief overview of the Easter Egger. We love having them in our flock.
    Better Than Rubies likes this.

User Comments

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  1. SarahKate
    Well, I got mine from a lady who breeds these specifically in her flock. I'm sure you could find someone in your area who does this also. It helps to check the 'Where are you' pages in the forums here. You could probably ask in there about anyone who breeds these in your area. They are pretty common. The last time I was at TSC, I saw they had some baby easter eggers for sale. I didn't check to see what colors they offered though. If you can't find a local person to purchase them from, I'd try there if there's one in your area!
  2. vclark321
    I have just added 2 Easter Eggers and 1 Welsummer to my flock. I am hoping to get a lot of pretty eggs and the girls have been a treat so far!
  3. BobbyRose85
    Where did you get them they are gorgeous, I would love to get me some of these, where could I get easter eggers?
  4. ebinion
    I have 3 EE's that are a week old can't wait until i see what color they turn out to be and what color eggs they lay
  5. chicken pickin
    I agree Coopacabana Im sure your handling had nothing to do with a "crazy" chicken. I believe handling or lack of will make them either friendlier toward what they know like people sounds other pets or what ever else they are exposed to and things they dont know about they prob would be timid shy nervous etc not aggressive. My little bugger was latching on to faces on day 3 of its life and put into "timeout" for a week after that. Shes now back in the mix with the others and now that the other ones are more assertive she has backed down 90% of the time. The other 2 are warming up to my hand and jump on occasionally. I also agree with Whittni that its gotta be in the mixes what ever they are crossed with gives them part of there personality hence another reason all easter eggers are different.
  6. Coopacabana
    i don't see how my handling of her made her crazy. while handling certainly has an effect, you cannot change a bird's underlying personality. an aggressive chicken will be mean whether or not she was handled.
  7. Whittni
    Personalities are totally based on how they are raised and how often they are handled, maybe a little genetic with breeds though...easter eggers could mixes of anything.
  8. Coopacabana
    I've had a sweet EE hen, a friendly EE hen, and a nutty, totaly crazy EE hen who fights with the roosters.
  9. Miss Lydia
    Bantam EE's didn't even know they made them..
  10. Miss Lydia
    Well I bought 4 little girl chicks from a fellow BYCer yesterday 2 weeks old and I can tell ya this they are precious, I have always wanted some so I am thrilled to now have them.

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