Easter Eggers

Average User Rating:
4.29738/5,
  • 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. Hambone
    5/5,
    "My favorites"
    Pros - Stayed close to home
    Friendly
    Beautiful birds
    Beautiful eggs
    My first choice in chickens
    Cons - I have nothing bad to say about them.
    kMamaHen, Bonniebooboo and pasuit like this.
  2. Aspen Anderson
    5/5,
    "Brilliant Egg Layers!"
    Pros - Great egg production, can be very sweet and friendly, super cute, even roosters can be friendly!
    Cons - Can be skittish, matures slowly, beards can fall out
    I've had 3 EEs in my lifetime. 2 I owned as a young teen and both were roosters. It could be because we kept them separate from the hens (we accidentally bought roosters), but they were both incredibly sweet. We had a turkey poult given to us - mistaken for a chick - and one of our EE cockerels at a young age was the only one to mother this poult. The other EE roo loved to be around humans. He was such a friendly little guy! I miss them both soooo much.

    I currently own one EE hen. She's not as sociable as our roosters were, but she definitely lays more eggs! :lol:
    She started laying long after we planned, but she started with a bang! Loads of greenish-blue eggs popping out right and left. They're also a really decent size! She lays almost daily, too. Every day we are greeted by a lovely, decently sized, blue-green egg in our nest.

    They're also such a beautiful "breed". They come in literally any color! And their beards can get so big. It makes them look rather funny, but very adorable! The sad thing, though, is that it is common for their beards to go mysteriously missing in the winter. Our EE hen has already lost hers, and is struggling to grow it back. Crossing my fingers and toes that it does! :fl

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    Overall, though, I would definitely recommend Easter Eggers. If socialized appropriately, they can be very loving and sweet, and their eggs are just amazing. Too fun!

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    Highly recommend for those looking for either a pet and/or a good egg layer! You just need a little patience if you're looking for eggs. It is rewarding in the end.
    Purchase Price:
    $3.50
    Purchase Date:
    April 19, 2017
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  3. haileyeverhart
    5/5,
    "Love my EE's"
    Pros - sweet, funny, pretty feathers and eggs, and fluffy beards
    Cons - none!
    Farm stores usually sell "Ameraucanas" but really they're Easter Eggers. And I'm not complaining! Easter Eggers are a mixed breed so they come in such a variety of colors and patterns and have such sweet and funny personalities. My EE's lay mint green eggs everyday and sit on my lap for cuddles. One even wanders through my house looking for treats. They are a perfect family chicken especially for kids! Just got 2 more cause I love em so much.
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User Comments

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  1. Jaromo99
    Ditto on the "don't keep with meaner breeds". My 3 girls are dead last on the hierarchy. No picking or pecking, but they never get food until everyone else leaves.
  2. HelloChickies
    An "oopster"! Never heard that- that's funny! :-D
  3. Hens rule
    Chickens get egg bound every now and then. And shes a new chicken thats why she was attacked. I think the breed should get 5 stars.
  4. Heidi65
    This sounds just like mine, not sure if they are Easter Eggers or Ameracanas. Not sure how to tell the difference. Our look like the one in my picture.
  5. BackyardFlock17
  6. BackyardFlock17
    Sounds like what any chicken would do...
  7. urbannarnia27
    @MyGirls5 Hi! To be honest, we're a little spoiled out here on the West Coast of Canada. We rarely dip to freezing AND my girls "winter" in our huge greenhouse over the winter with a heater as well (so they don't even go during this time). Sorry I can't be of more help!
  8. mamatink7
    nice review! how long did they lay smaller eggs? when do they lay larger eggs? we used to watch a ladies EE and they were all green and blue eggs; being larger sizes. we have 3 8 wk old EE
  9. 235chickens
    Mine is the first one to the gate.
  10. Mahen100
    Since EE's are a hybrid of breeds and are not a true breed itself, I think it would be a stretch to attempt to describe their overall characteristics as a breed. I have one EE that is as friendly as any chicken I own, and another that I named "P.C." short for Problem Child. That chick ran head-long into fences and generally was a nuisance to the other birds. As P.C. has grown, she's come to be much more friendly and will hop in my lap for treats. I consider that hen one of the smarter birds I have, My experience is that EE's have a wide variety of characteristics that I do not associate with the EE as a bird.

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