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. 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

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  1. RoosterCogburn7
    EE's lay colorful eggs, but the most common is light green to light blue. They are naturally curious and great foragers when left to eat bugs and worms.
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  2. MissBobbi
    all six of mine are (I believe) EE's. I got them as chicks at Tractor Supply and can't clearly define any as a breed so I'm assuming they are EE's. They are only 3 months old (or so) so they are not laying yet, but all but two of them love to be touched and are very friendly birds. They are a great flock!
      Bonniebooboo and old glory ranch like this.
  3. Bonniebooboo
    My 4 hens are very nice. very pretty. 2 lay green eggs and 2 lay light brown eggs. (tan/cream) no pink. all have grey legs, muffs and beards, and pea combs. bought as Ameraucana's, but guess they are EE's. Now I have 6 chicks out of them and a cross bred rooster, none of the chicks have grey legs. they are 8 weeks old now. still pretty birds. The hens are 4 yrs old now, and have never been broody at all. But lay 5 eggs a week. I think that is pretty good. I hatched the eggs in an incubator.
  4. DyingPhoenix
    I have gotten three different batches of EE's from a local Rural King. I was told they receive chicks from Cackle Hatchery.

    While I love the rainbow mix of colors and how their eggs have always been a beautiful mint green, the birds are consistently timid and flighty compared to all the other breeds. I bought another 5 EE chicks this year and guessed they would be the scaredy-cats of my new bunch and was correct. The chicks were borderline frustrating, as they were so timid in the brooder that they scared all the rest of the breeds into a frenzy whenever I even walked up or did anything around them.

    Not one of my EE's have been outwardly friendly and calm, they do settle a bit as they get to the laying age and will squat for me, but only if I'm lucky and I only get one chance to touch them before they will run from me all day long lol.

    However, I will always have a place for them in my mixed flock because I do enjoy them regardless. I'll just cuddle and pet another breed instead.
      old glory ranch likes this.
    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
  6. 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.
  7. 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! 
  8. TheBantyCoop
    I am sorry to hear that you had that experience. It is extremely bizarre that your EE took a whole year to lay!
  9. 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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  10. 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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