- 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:
- Average User Rating:
Chicken Breed Info:
Breed Purpose: Egg Layer
Climate Tolerance: All Climates
General Egg Info:
Egg Productivity: Medium (4-5/wk per chick)
Egg Size: Medium
Egg Color: Blue/Green
Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Quiet (muffed ones especially quiet), Docile
Breed Colors / Varieties:
Any and All Colors
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
"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.
"Good but not great!"
Pros - They lay eggs, they are pretty.
Cons - Ours don't lay very many eggs, usually you can barely tell their eggs are blue, ours are all skittish.
Ours are very pretty birds, but ours egg colors aren't my favorite, and ours don't lay very often. Ours our very very skittish. Some like to free range, most like to stay in the barn and barnyard...