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Chicken Breeds item created by Super Admin, Jan 10, 2012
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.
Pros - Super sweet
Get along with other breeds
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).
Pros - Completely stopped laying during molt.
Very poor cold weather layers even with a little supplement light.
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.
I absolutely Love my EE! Great temperaments and pretty blue and green eggs! Every flock should have at least one!
Pros - Friendly to humans and other birds, fun-colored eggs, variety of colors, rarely go broody.
Cons - Nothing comes to mind.
I absolutely love my easter egger chickens. Their beautifully colored eggs add variety to my mostly-brown eggs. These birds are friendly to all of their peers and are very friendly to humans as well. I will always have easter eggers in my flock if possible. Currently I have three easter eggers and two easter egger mixes. All are lovely!
Pros - Super calm for me to carry her around
Cons - Late maturing
Skittish/a little flighty
Bottom of the pecking order
My EE, Hope, is bullied by her flockmates, unfortunately (although she is also the only one in the small flock with a beard and muffs, but I like that about her) and I believe she also has a slipped Achille's tendon.. But even though she limps/hobbles or hops around everywhere, she still gets around pretty good.
She doesn't like being held or petted, unfortunately--since I like friendly pets--but I didn't include that as a con because when I catch her, she is super patient and pretty still in my arms (which I can't say for the other birds after a couple of seconds, lol).
Also, I don't know if she's started laying yet. :\
I liked this article on EEs, and I like my sweet Easter Egger, too, but overall, she's not my favorite bird (she's just my first/preferred pick to carry around the yard). (The article gets five stars, but Hope gets an overall 3 stars).
She's quite young and pretty small in this picture, but she is sunbathing.
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.
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.
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.
Pros - Sweet, fun, pretty, quiet, very calm, not very skittish, curious, loves to play, loves to dust bathe, don't fight much amongst themselves, cuddles, beautiful, loving
Cons - None that I can think of
I have had 19 Easter eggers for 5 months now and I'm so glad I got them!
They aren't very skittish like my orpingtons are which makes them fun and probably why they say they are great for kids.
They are curious, love to jump up high for perching, dust bathe a lot, they will jump up and sit for cuddles and they do not fight much amongst themselves.
They have been laying eggs for 1 month and they are mostly green from mint to darker green.
They have fluffy feathers framing their faces and tiny feather eyelashes large eyes, and are multi colored
I have one rooster in them who is super colorful with tons of Green/black shiny feathers.
They are pretty brave and easy going for chickens and I hate the fact some people concentrate on the fact they are mixed breed, because they are beautiful birds that are fun to be around