Easter Eggers from Ideal

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Chamelle, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. Chamelle

    Chamelle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2008
    Springfield, OR
    I have recently become the new owner of 6 adorable EE's from Ideal. I am going to have to do some serious flock reduction in the next week or so and am wondering about others experiences with chicks from Ideal.

    I really want blue/green egg layers. I have 6 other EE's layers from a hatchery and only one lays green eggs. I don't want to raise these chicks to laying age and then be disappointed with tan/buff/tinted eggs.

    Anyone have EE chicks from Ideal that are laying? What color are their eggs?

    I'll post a pic in a little bit. They sure are cute.
  2. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    I have 2 ee's from Ideal. One lays green eggs, the other lays pinkish eggs.. both are super cute!
  3. ninjapoodles

    ninjapoodles Sees What You Did There

    May 24, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    Quote:I have 5 EEs from Ideal (that I got as pullets from another BYCer), and they are really cute, vigorous hens, who outlay my Buff Orps most of the time. One lays a deep olive colored egg, but the other four lay blue to blue-green eggs.
  4. Chamelle

    Chamelle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2008
    Springfield, OR
    Thanks for the responses! I'm going to have to keep at least a few of them, I think. [​IMG]

    I'm going to sell two of my laying hens, and take my chances with the chicks. Two of the EE layers I'll have to keep, even though they lay boring eggs, just because they're so sweet.

    I gots a whooole bunch of chickens that need new homes in the next week or so. I'll post in the buy-sell-trade forums.
  5. Tailfeathers

    Tailfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 31, 2007
    Washington State

    Just thought I'd let you know that you might want to keep me in mind for the future. I breed true Wheaten/Blue Wheaten & hopefully soon Splash Wheaten Ameraucanas. They all lay blue eggs.

    I am also breeding my true Wheaten & Blue Wheaten cockerels to one EE that I have because I'm trying to develop a tri-colored Wheaten. I have no idea what color eggs the EE progeny will have but if you contact me later down the road, I can let you know.

    I'm on the Breeders List at www.ameraucana.org

    God Bless,
  6. CountryMom

    CountryMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2008
    South Texas
    We have three EE hens from Ideal. All three are super sweet. And all three lay a blue/green egg of good size.
  7. Solsken Farm

    Solsken Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    One good clue to EEs is to watch the comb growth. Pea combed chooks usually carry the dominant blue egg laying gene. Single combed EEs will generally lay a brown, white or pinkish egg. Good luck! We love our EEs and Ameraucanas. We have on EE with a single comb that lays a nice little light brown egg. Everyone else lays blue to blue/green. LOVE THEM.[​IMG]
  8. sandypaws

    sandypaws Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2008
    desert of calif
    the ones i just got from IDEAL in june,, started to lay.. all eggs are green, bluegreen, and one is laying an AWESOME OLIVE colored egg..
    not one lays cream...

    i THOUGHT i was getting ameracanas (didnt know about EEs at the time)
    so i am disappointed because most of them did not have beards or muffs.. but they do lay very pretty eggs
  9. chickenfever

    chickenfever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    This is good info to know, I was also thinking of ordering some EE's from Ideal.
  10. Chamelle

    Chamelle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2008
    Springfield, OR
    Good news!

    I am excited to hear all the positive replies. I really don't care about where the eggs fall in the blue/green/olive range, in fact, if I have some nice blue or green eggs some day down the line I'll mix them with my Welsummer or Barnevelder roo and see what I get. [​IMG]

    Two of the hens that I have now (the pale'tinted' buff/pink layers) are the prettiest birds I've seen. One of the things I love about EE's is the wide range of colors and feather patterns. I did the same thing sandypaws, I bought 'ameraucanas' from the feed store- total newb that I was. I have since learned they're all EE's-- which wouldn't bother me, (except for the ignorance of the hatchery/feed store) I just want the pretty eggs.

    Now I've got to go pick which babies stay, and which find new homes. Solsken farm, Ill pay close attention to their combs. Thanks for the tip.

    Tailfeathers, I'm putting you on my 'chicken list'. Your project sounds really interesting, I'm curious to see what you end up with!

    *Edited to say that DH just reminded me that we bought 'Arucanas' from the feed store... can you believe that? Can they really think they're selling Arucanas, or do they just not care?
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2009

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