Hoover’s new 2021 “Easter Eggers”

ladybrasa

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Just curious for any info, anecdotes, or pics of Hoover Hatchery’s “Easter Egger” chickens, new for 2021?

https://hoovershatchery.com/easteregger.html

I am well aware that Hoover’s is sneaky and has “Americana” which confuses so many people and these are not purebred Ameraucana chickens. Really the “Americana” are Easter Eggers - hybrids. But now they have a separate ‘breed’ called “Easter Eggers” in addition to the Americana.

I do have the Americana, and, now, two of these EE chicks. One is blue with slate legs and one is light yellow with black on the growing wing feathers and orange legs. Neither have cheeks, beards, or crests that I can tell.

Any information on these European Grunleger (two dots over the u) chickens Hoover’s mentions in the description? I can’t seem to find much.

Our Easter Eggers are a combination of the traditional American Easter Eggers, which typically has a pea comb, beard and green legs, along with the European version of Easter Eggers, which are called Grünleger, which typically have yellow legs, a single comb, and commonly a tuft on its head. The Grünleger are a hybrid cross between a commercial type Legbar, and brown egg laying hens, therefore unlike the American Easter Egger, they will not breed true, with only a portion of the offspring laying colored eggs. Overall, the Easter Eggers typically lay colored eggs, but up to 15% of the time you will have one that lays brown or cream eggs.”
 

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I have two of Hoover's Americanas. I'll post pics of mine, the "EEs" weren't available when I got mine.
 

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Thanks for the reply! Do you think your girls might be the Starlight green eggers, since they have yellow legs and not much ‘facial hair’?

https://hoovershatchery.com/starlightgreenegger.html
I'm not sure. My chicks came from Rural King, but they use Hoover's. I asked if they had any EEs and the employee stated they had Americanas. He could've given me two Starlights I suppose. I ended up with two other breeds I didn't ask for, so anything is possible lol.
 

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Either way they should lay a colored egg :D

I was just wondering cuz of the yellow legs and single comb (am I seeing them correctly?), and then the brown color. OR they are actually the Hoover’s EE!
Yes, yellow legs and single combs! It's been throwing me for a bit, but I've just figured they're mixed and can have a huge variety of characteristics. There really isn't much info online about Hoover's mixed breeds. The pic they have of Americanas, one has a single comb and no extra face fluff lol.
 

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I got my “Americana” chicks back in April of last year through TSC/Hoover. They claimed they were Ameraucana and Araucana cross at that time. All of ours have pea combs and blue/gray legs. One doesn’t have a fluffy face though. Of the 7 we have, we get probably 5 blue/green eggs and 2 pink/brown ones.

The “new” version just sounds like they’re trying to make it sound more boujie 😜 the Grünleger is a legbar mix. So they’re just crossing EE with EE to get different(aka new) EE 🙄😂
 

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Pretty much!! I was just interested if anyone had the “new” EE or knew any info of this “grunleger”. The two I got so far look like one will be blue and one looks maybe black and white mottled?? They’ve a long ways to go yet before they get their final coloration in though!
 

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