Easter Eggers

Average User Rating:
4.31534/5,
  • 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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. JedJackson
    5/5,
    "Excellent backyard chickens"
    Pros - Very good layers of eggs of many colors, medium sized and fairly thrifty eaters, most are non-setters, lots of different plumage colors, hardy, good foragers and healthier than most.
    Cons - Noisier and not as calm as some of the heavier breeds. Not accepted by the Standard of Perfection, so cannot be shown at poultry shows.
    This is similar to land races of chickens such as Icelandic and Swedish Flower hens in that they have no breed standards but often have certain traits, such as beards and muffs, green legs, and mixed, wild type coloring, but they don't always have these traits. Nor do they always lay blue eggs. Brown, pale brown, pinkish brown, tinted and any shade of green are also possible. And that is part of Easter eggers' charm-- you can get a rainbow of shades in both the eggs and the plumage, and you never know what you will get until the birds have grown and lay eggs. It's like the lottery, with no real losers.

    They are very good layers. Perhaps not quite up there with sex links or Leghorns, but not too far off from that, and they have more personality, in my opinion. Because they are of mixed blood they seem to have some hybrid vigor, and mine suffer less from disease and ailments than most of the pure breeds I have raised. They are also pretty quick and good at eluding predators.

    For anyone wanting a colorful flock that lays colorful eggs but isn't interested in showing or raising pure breeds, these are a really excellent choice.
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User Comments

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  1. ScottandSam
    We love our too. only one squats for me only. But the skittishness has save there live several time when coyotes come around. The very friendly ones get taken first from the flock for dinner. and Yes we love the colored egg surprise. I have 2 more that should be laying soon. Come on Pink

    Scott
  2. Turk Raphael
    With regard to clipping wings, cutting two on a single bird is tantamount to not clipping any.
  3. flyladyrocks
    I know this was a few years ago but I was looking for Orsheln EE reviews so thanks! We got our silkies in the Frozen Craze. Anne, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, Arendelle. Olaf is a boy by a fluke but Kristoff a girl - she is oneof our 2 black silkies and has the beard, b/c well boys have bears girls don't and Arendelle is a girl! Kids and chickens are the best combo!
  4. summerb123
  5. Bantu
    Beautiful birds, beautiful eggs but they are not good birds to have if you have a
    predators anywhere near your property. Easter eggers are gentle, lay very well but I like to free range my birds and these girls would wander away from the flock and within 3 weeks all 5 of mine where gone.
  6. Oma Char
    We have what they said are Aracaunas....or maybe easter eggers. We get a pretty light blue ...2 medium blue ..1 army green...and a pinkish white.
  7. FlyWheel
    I have a flock of those too. I just wish I knew how to get them to hop up on my lap, love getting petted, and braid my beard like other EE owners say their's do (OK, maybe the beard braiding is going a bit far...).
  8. silkiefrizzles
    I have one Easter Egger that is almost ready to start laying. She is very sweet and doesn't bully the other chooks, even though she is almost twice as tall as them. She is quite shy and flighty, and when she was small enough she kept going through the fence, until she lost half her tail to the dog, but I will enjoy having some green or blue eggs and will probably get some more Easter Eggers.
  9. Coturnix Quail
    Would Orpingtons and Cohcins be considered "mean"?
  10. PaulaMc

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