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Chicken Breeds item created by Super Admin, Jan 10, 2012
Pros - Great color plumage and egg color, great foragers
Cons - Flighty and an escape artist.
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.
Pros - They lay eggs, they are pretty.
Cons - Ours don't lay very many eggs, usually you can barely tell their eggs are blue, ours are all skittish.
Ours are very pretty birds, but ours egg colors aren't my favorite, and ours don't lay very often. Ours our very very skittish. Some like to free range, most like to stay in the barn and barnyard...
Pros - Their eggs are large and have green shells.
Cons - I've heard they sometimes can suffer from a cleft pallet.
Their eggs are large and have green shells. Everybody I sell eggs to LOVES getting the green ones. The eggs almost cannot fit in the carton! I wish I had gotten more Easter Eggers! Everyone loves Eleanor! She's so friendly too! She comes right up on my lap as soon as sit down. She also lays her eggs very quick! I saw her sit down and come right back out and there was a nice green egg right there in the nesting box. I've heard they sometimes can suffer from a cleft pallet. Eleanor did not have that problem but it's common in Easter Eggers.
Pros - They are very sweet and friendly!
Docile and loves to run to me for pets
Cons - Nothing!
Pros - Beautiful, look like wild birds
Cool eggs of various colors
Cons - Some people are put off by blue and green eggs
To my eye, Easter Eggers are gorgeous! They are wild looking birds, with subtle variations of color, each one unique and different from the others. Some are large bodied, some small, some have beards and muffs, some have smooth faces. And the eggs! So interesting to discover the color egg that each girl will lay.
My Easter Eggers have always been mild mannered and a bit stand-offish. That is not a negative at my place. I'm not a lap chicken type of girl. These hens are independent and smart, they have excellent survivability when free ranging.
I always have Easter Eggers in my flock. The other breeds vary, but always a few Easter Eggers.
Pros - Good egg production, colorful, well mannered.
Easter Eggers are the perfect breed to get some interesting colors within your flock. Plus, blue eggs (most of the time)! The EE's I've ever had, have always been great egg layers too. They lay fairly large eggs. They're a very fun breed! They are usually easy going and calm. Some have been very friendly and others can stay by you, but just preferred not to be touched. But never too skittish.
Not sure what it is, but they can sometimes chose to fly around and hop the fence when they are young. Hasn't been much of an issue when they got full size. Plus, nothing a good wing trimming cant fix.
Pros - -Very friendly, my hen even likes to be petted, my EE rooster is skittish around people but not aggressive, and is great with the hens
-Lays a consistent 6 out of 7 days a week
I love having a colorful egg basket, and adore blue/green/pink egg colors as well as their adorable fluffy beards. All of the EE's I've had have been amazing birds, both as consistent egg layers for the hens as well as great roosters. They are one of my friendlier birds, running up to me, even flying up to perch on my arm. I can't wait to get more of these awesome birds