Easter Egger without a beard?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by wwin, Jun 25, 2016.

  1. wwin

    wwin Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 6, 2016
    Long Beach, Ca.
    A few months ago I ordered two Easter Egger chicks from Dare 2 Dream Farms. There were some bumps and miscommunication with delivery so I'm a little uneasy. I know EE come in a variety of colors and I've heard occasionally without beards, but they both seem quite different from each other I'm beginning to wonder if the white and black one is an EE. She hs no beard or muff and is leaner and longer than the brown one. She's beautiful but her head and neck seem to be very different than the other EE.

    Last edited: Jun 25, 2016
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Since EE are crossbreds with a wide range of genes, their appearances can be quite different from one another. Both of your birds are EE.
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    agree with Sourland
  4. islandgirl82

    islandgirl82 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 4, 2014
    Your white bird is a "clean-faced" Easter Egger.
  5. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Easter Egger is just a generic name that was originally meant to cover any chicken that was not a pure bred or did not meet pure bred standards but carried a blue egg gene...

    Nowadays the term Easter Egger pretty much means any barnyard mix, that lays a non-white eggs, heck when it comes to some hatcheries even white eggs are acceptable... Some breeders and hatcheries still reserve the name to blue egg gene carrying birds, but that is not a hard followed rule for hatcheries...

    Thus there is no definitive Easter Egger look, sure some might lend themselves to look like Araucanas or Ameraucanas or some other pure bred blue layer that they were derived from, but those looks will solely depend on the cross breeds that particular breeder or hatchery used and what generation removed from the pure breeds the birds are...
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  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    I do think she's an Easter Egger. Besides the clean face, she has the classic look for a silver EE hen.

    There have been quite a bit of clean faced EE the last two years or so. Pity, cause the beard and muffs are so cool looking!
  7. wwin

    wwin Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 6, 2016
    Long Beach, Ca.
    Thanks. I love her coloring and am glad there weren't any other problems with the order.

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