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.







Recent User Reviews

  1. Joannmcg
    "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
    "Love These Ladies"
    Pros - Super sweet
    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
    "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.
    gnine0326 and pasuit like this.

User Comments

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    Can anyone tell me if they've ordered from Cackle Hatchery, especially any Rhode Island Reds or Golden Comets, Buff Orpingtons, White Rocks, Barred Rocks, Wyandottes, or Easter Eggers? And, I understand each Easter Egger can have a different personality and each within the same breed can have a different personality (and I do have an older Easter Egger now who is not a cuddly bird but she is nice and lays well). I got a batch of Black Australorps from Chickens from Backyards (which has great service) that are extremely skidish and unfriendly. Also, if I get any new breeds again, I want to try to make sure that are somewhat friendly, fairly docile and/or at least will fit well in a mixed flock without much aggression (allowing for a normal pecking order of course) and be easy to handle.
    1. PattJ
      I agree about Black Australops. I have some Gold sexlinks that are very nice hens, and the few Barred Rocks I've had were also nice. My Buff Orpingtons have been of mixed personalities. My favorite hen ever was a Millefleur, but they lay small, white eggs, so not great if you sell eggs.
      PattJ, Jun 20, 2017
    2. mockingbird
      I ordered Dominiques from Cackle Hatchery and they were very healthy robust chicks.
      mockingbird, Aug 1, 2017
    3. Phoebus
      Bght 6 EEs frm Rural King (VA) two wks ago. Let them do the picking for me. All chicks they gave me were different! Got a black&gray, a nice chocolate brown, a cute little yellow one w/ no tail, and 3 similarly marked w/ spots & stripes but different shades of gray, tan and yellow. I love them! They're so friendly. A couple will jump right up in my hand! Can hardly wait for them to grow up so I can see what color eggs I get. (I'm new to this--it's my first batch of chicks!)
      Phoebus, Apr 14, 2018
  2. 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.
  3. 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! 
  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!
  5. TheBantyCoop
    I am sorry to hear that you had that experience. It is extremely bizarre that your EE took a whole year to lay!
      ChicksDigUs likes this.
  6. 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!
      Bonniebooboo likes this.
  7. 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
  8. chicken4prez
    That's not my rooster. It's just a profile picture for the EE. :)
  9. BYCforlife
    When did you steal my rooster?! That picture is like an exact replica of my rooster.
  10. 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.

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