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Chicken Breeds item created by Super Admin, Jan 10, 2012
Pros - good information for newbie
I have 12 awesome girls. First time of me owning Easter Eggers. Lot's of colors and they are a bit vocal.
Pros - Pullet/Hen is good to all others in the flock
Great Egg Production
Cons - Cockerel gets meaner over time
Cockerel rough on smaller chickens
We had purchased week old Easter Egger "pullets" (sold as Americauna!) the mid april. They were much more skittish than our like aged White Leghorns or Isa Browns. About 3 months in it became evident that one of the pullets was a cockerel. We decided to keep it anyway.
The Leghorns and Isa Browns were laying at 16/17 weeks, and our skittish EE pullet got bullied by the Isa Browns for 3 months until she finally laid a pink egg. It was worth it. She became calmer and friendlier overnight, ascended the pecking order right away, and lays 7 large eggs in 8 days, like clockwork 4on 1off 3on 1off. Cold Hardy and doesn't effect her productivity.
As for the cockerel, we kept him and he mostly had been doing a great job as far as warning and protection to the flock. I also notice every egg I get is fertile. But, his first problem, as a young cockerel, ripped a leghorns crown mounting her. The leghorns hate him, and he is persistent and doesn't give up, no dance and not gentile. His last problem, at 9 months, he is getting aggressive with the family. I have a few 3 week old easter egger cockerels, 1 will be ready to replace him.
Pros - Pretty colored eggs, friendly, great layers
Cons - Can be noisy when wanting treats!
I have a wide variety of breeds in my flock. The oldest are my 5 Easter Egger gals. They're hardy, handle extreme heat AND cold, lay faithfully, forage well, and are very calm. Two of them are the bosses of the entire flock, but they don't bully any of my less assertive breeds like my Polish and Cochin.
Pros - Clucks rarely, lays good, friendly toward me and other chickens
Cons - NONE
I have had Easter Eggers for 3 years and by far they are awesome. I love the pattern that is in mine's fur, and they are pretty to look at. I highly recommend Easter Eggers.
Pros - Blue and green eggs. Good layers, smart, friendly, strong big birds.
Cons - Can be loners
I love my EE. One especially is very submissive. They have good personalities. My EE rooster is great friendly and sweet.
Pros - Beautiful egg color, jumps on my lap
I love my easter egger so much! She is the friendliest of my entire flock, jumps on my shoulders and lap while I am in the backyard, and squawks like a pro to let me know she's laying an egg. She is also the top of the pecking order and sort of a protector of our flock. I love this breed.
Pros - Small, friendly, smart, cute, and curious
Cons - Can be skittish
We have 2 Easter Eggers who are rather small for 21 weeks old, but perhaps that makes them more cute and lovable. One has always been skittish despite handling since she was tiny, but they all have their own little personalities! They have the cutest beards and are pretty curious and quiet little birds. They'd make a great addition to any backyard flock.
Pros - beautiful eggs, personable
Cons - not as "friendly" as my other birds
I got 5 chicks in the spring and the EEs have been laying for about a month now (they're 27 weeks old). They are already consistent layers of beautiful blue-green eggs. I'm getting 5-6 per week for each pullet. One is quite friendly but the other is very skittery, although she always comes to talk to me. I love them both and they're quite the characters. Beautiful birds too!