Should I try easter eggers again?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by keds45, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. keds45

    keds45 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 27, 2011
    Hi! I know I've posted about my non-laying easter egger "hen" Cleo. In the past year and 3 months she has laid one egg.(She will be 2 years old in Feb.). She seems just fine and is a nice pet chicken so its no big deal.

    My question is should I try this "breed" again? I have 5 chickens now, would like to max my backyard flock at 8. I love the idea of the colorful eggs, so I'd like to get 3 EE chicks this spring---but should I? What if they are non layers too? I'd love some opinions from some of the more experienced chickeners out there. Thanks!
  2. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2011
    We used to have a whole flock of easter eggers. They are wonderful birds, and all of them layed. I also know a freind who has a easter egger, and she lays too. I think it's just the individual chicken- I'm sure all of your other chickens will lay. It's very rare to have a sterile hen. But maybe don't get your chicks from where you got your current hen, just in case.
    If you don't want to take the chance, you could aslo get marans- chocolate eggs!
  3. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    I have 3 and they all lay regularly. Nice, big eggs, too!
  4. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    Northwest Indiana
    I'm with them! I have five and lay really well.
  5. keds45

    keds45 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 27, 2011
    I think I'll give it a shot then! i don't know what the deal is with Cleo. I would think if she had an internal laying problem or something similar she would be dead by now---but she's just fine. I regularly have my kids scour the yard for a nest, just in case, and no dice. I wonder if she has some kind of hormone problem? Thanks Y'all!
  6. PtldChick

    PtldChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2011
    Portland, OR
    Go for it...and I heard that Ideal and Cackle have the most variety to theirs,in case you'd like them to look different from each other. And that Privett is the most consistent with most being the partridge variety. This from a guy whose business is providing local stores here with chicks.

    I have two that are great. I had three but my dogs got my favorite - she was a beautiful copper color with black highlights and definitley boss hen. If I had more room, I'd pick up several chicks from a feed store that uses Ideal or Cackle, and get all different looking ones to see what they grew up into. I still may do that!
  7. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    I had great experience with Doris, she was an every other day girl all summer and fall. I loved her so much I bought Olive who will hopefully lay beautiful olive eggs this spring. I would totally give it another shot, but I bought birds that were laying or almost laying not chicks and you might want to consider doing that.
  8. bawkbawkbawk

    bawkbawkbawk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Similar mystery here. I have a healthy seven-month-old EE who started laying lovely eggs at 4.5 months, then stopped cold a month or so later. Haven't had an egg from her since.
  9. keds45

    keds45 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 27, 2011
    That's our story too! The other thing about Cleo is that she is by far my most beautiful chicken. Her feathers are unbelievable. We call her our "bay watch chicken". I just think she is putting all her body's resources into maintaing her good looks instead of producing eggs. Not sure if it works that way, but that's what it looks like to me! I'm going to check our local feed stores to see where they are getting their EEs from! Thanks for all your replies everyone!

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