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 & 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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  • 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. Sparrowsong98
    "A very average bird"
    Pros - Lays colored eggs, friendly, smart, fast
    Cons - Broody, fast
    so I got 5 hens last year, and they are very fun birds, but the cons, kind of even out the scale to a little above average. They are fun especially with kids, because it becomes a fun guessing game to see what the chicks will look like and what they will lay when they are older. They are on the smarter side of the bird scale, and are fast. My one hen has out run a hawk that was trying to eat her. On the con side of that, they are impossible to catch. They can duck while running, go airborn without notice, and they just never get cornered. My one EE, Speedy Chicken, went broody all summer and simply would not accept the no chick rule.
  2. BantammChick
    "Must have in a backyard flock!"
    Pros - Lay beautiful eggs,sweet and tame.
    Easter eggers are very sweet birds,they lay green and blue eggs, and they are more of a cold-weather bird.
  3. famerzellman
    "Love them!"
    Pros - sweet natured
    Cons - mystery deaths
    i loved watching my groups fuz change to beautiful feathering/ markings. i love their sweet gentle nature. Reason i didnt give 5 star is this is my third group and i have lost two of them so far this year to mystery deaths :hit i will be buying more next year regardless!
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User Comments

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  1. DogCatChickMom
    Disregarded... don't think that this is relevant to the breed at all.
  2. Gresh

    I agree. I prefer my chickens to be as natural as possible.
  3. dekel18042
    I don't use artificial light. I feel if a hen's system needs a rest, then it should have a rest, but that said, my Easter eggers and California greys kept us in eggs over the winter while my brown egg layers took time off.
  4. Gresh

    Sometimes winter laying can be induced with artificial light, since it is the length of daylight (as opposed to temperature) that determines how long a chicken lays. I've never done this myself since I've heard it can overtax a chicken's ovaries, but some people do it and experience no problems.

    It could be that your EE's just have different bloodlines than mine. They may have a summertime breed (like Leghorns or Minorcas) somewhere in their genetic heritage that stops their laying in winter.
  5. hasdaa
    my easters do stand heat and cold well. but they NEVER laid during the winter. (BIG con for me)
  6. ksguy
    Things have gotten a little better. My three EEs are my most consistent layer - rarely do I not get 3 blue eggs when I go out every evening. One of the three has really warmed up to us all - Mugsy, we call her - she'll run right up and squat down for us to pick her up. In particular she really likes my 3 year old daughter. She loves getting scratches on her neck, and eating scratch from our hands. She is even more friendly than our friendly BO "mama". The other two, though, are still really flighty and nervous. I'll keep 'em around, though, because those two lay the largest eggs in my flock!
  7. chickensrock12
    i love Easter eggers as well, they are so sweet i have 2 of them their names are bock bock and rosey
  8. SeaHen
    I LOVE Easter Eggers as well. My very favorite hen in my whole 15 years of raising chickens was an EE named Scarlett. She and her 2 sisters laid HUGE blue-green eggs and had incredible friendly inquisitive personalities. A 3rd sister turned out to be Rooty, the most gorgeous and gentle rooster anyone could ever hope for. Since then I've raised several more EE pullets from other sources and not had quite the same experience in terms of egg size, production and friendliness, though they are still probably my favorite breed. I have two from last year that are laying little light green eggs, and a 4-year-old with one eye that has NEVER laid an egg to my knowledge but is as sweet as pie. I would love to get more but the local farm stores and breeders here sell out of them the first day they become available, so I guess everyone else loves them as much as we do! PS: Someone dumped an EE cockerel in my front yard last year and he has grown into a handsome and well-behaved young man. I wouldn't mind getting some babies from him and my EE girls, but my entire flock runs together and I'm not sure I would want to separate them.
  9. woodlandsprite
    I love my Easter Eggers too..Mine stopped laying in the winter. I had one go broody in November (hatched 7 right before thanksgiving) They are such sweet birds..
  10. dekel18042
    X2 on the winter laying. My EE's carried us through the winter while the brown egg layers went on hiatus.

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