What is the temperament of Easter Eggers?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by miss_thenorth, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    I currently have a flock of barred rocks--9 hens and a roo (who's days might be limited if he keeps up his antics). My ds reaaallly wants some easter eggers, so I have the chance to get some, but my BRs are quite dominant. Will the easter eggers be able to hold their own with the BRs? Or are they docile birds. I would plan on getting three EEs.
     
  2. Bluemoon420

    Bluemoon420 The Rooster Queen

    Mine can hold their own, and are also very friendly. We had a very mean buff orp who would terrorize all the others, but the EE didn't back down from her ever. The buff orp has since mellowed, but I don't think there would be any issue.


    Bluemoon
     
  3. farmerlor

    farmerlor Chillin' With My Peeps

    My EEs are pretty mellow and easy-going. They weren't submissive enough to get hurt or anything but they definitely didn't want the job of alpha chicken which was a good thing. I have a tiny little Hamburg now who's head hen in charge and I know she won't have any difficulty telling this new crop of EEs where to go and what to do. Oh, and EEs are so friendly and sweet, I think everyone should have some.
     
  4. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    Thanks! I know some chickens have pretty docile temperaments, and I just don't want the EEs to get beat up by my BRs. I think I might get a few!
     
  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    My EE's beat up my BR's.
     
  6. jonesgirl

    jonesgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one EE (2 months old) who tries to pick a fight with everyone, the big BRs and GLWs and the little leghorn hen and roo... But my other 2 month old EE is sweet and keeps to herself.. Sooo??? maybe depends on the bird?

    My BRs are sweet though, didn't know they were known for a temper?
     
  7. lilly

    lilly Clucks N Pups

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    I have one EE hen that rules the roost with the other little game hens that she runs with but she follows me around like a puppy and even lets my chihuahua lick her face.
     
  8. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

    Oct 20, 2008
    Benton, Arkansas
    I have one little less than a week old ee chick that likes to pick on everybody else in the brooder box. Seriously it will focus on one little chick on the other side of the box and chhhhhaaaaarrrrrge!
     
  9. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    My BRs are sweet though, didn't know they were known for a temper?

    My BR hens are sweet to me, except they don't like it when I take the eggs out from under them, but amongst each other--they definitely let eachother know where they stand in the pecking order. I had red sex links before who all got along--no pecking order visible. I don't think my sexlinks would have been good coop mates for my BRs, so that's why I was wondering about the EEs.​
     
  10. Jennie5193

    Jennie5193 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an EE that I got as a hen and I can not touch her. She will vocally "let me have it" when I encroach on her space and don't even THINK about blocking her path. She is on the bottom of the pecking order, but she still takes care of herself. I think maybe if I'd raised her from a day old she would be nicer. IDK... it is probably just the bird.

    I also have a few in a brooder and they have different personalities. One of them does not like to be touched, one *loves* to be petted and the other two don't mind being touched - but would rather not be handled.

    Good Luck!
     

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