Easter Eggers

Rating:
4.5/5,
  • Egg Size:
    Extra Large
    Purpose:
    Egg Laying
    Egg Color:
    green_blue
    Egg Laying Rating:
    Very Good
    Chicken Size:
    Medium
    The Easter Egger is not actually a breed but are hybrid chickens that carry the blue-egg gene. Because they don't follow a certain standard, these chickens don't always look the same. According to the APA and ABA Standard of Perfection, a chicken is considered an Easter Egger if it doesn't meet a variety description, or breed true at least fifty percent of the time. These chickens originate from the same gene pool as the Araucana and the Americauna, evidenced by the blue eggs and roots tracing back to Chile and the Falklands. As a matter of fact to an untrained eye, it will be almost impossible to distinguish an Americauna from the Easter Eggers. The three breeds said to share the progenitor title for these three are the Colloncas, Quechua, and the Quetro.

    Generally docile and friendly in nature, Easter Eggers make great family pets and do well in a backyard environment. They are raised for one purpose only, and that is for their ability to lay four extra-large sized eggs per week in various colors such as blue, green, creamy, or even pink eggs. Even the fowl itself can come in as many colors as the eggs.

    Although they are small in nature, they are quite good at tolerating heat. They have a small pea comb which is an advantage especially in the colder months since they are able to avoid getting frostbite as is common to chickens with larger combs. Average mature weight for males is between 5.5 - 6.5 pounds, while the females weigh between 4.5 - 5.5 pounds.

Recent Reviews

  1. Darkling
    4/5,
    "If you variety this is an excellent breed"
    Pros - Beautiful, lays green/blue eggs, good layers
    Cons - hybrid
    I have two EEs and they are always first to be noticed. Dottie has a muff and is pale in color but her sister (Lady) has no muff and is a rich vibrant color.Dottie lays a pale green egg and Lady lays a blue/green egg.
    Both are friendly and docile. I'm getting 2.2 oz size eggs almost every day.

    The only draw back I see (if you call it one) is that if you really love a particular coloring or feathering it could be very hard to breed them to get it again.
  2. renee3025
    5/5,
    "Great beginner's birds"
    Pros - Friendly
    Cons - None
    We have one Easter Egger hen and one rooster (I think). Along with 4 Ameracuana hens.(also a couple other breeds and turkeys) We love our Easter Egger. She is friendly and will happily sit on your lap. As others have noted she doesn't care to be carried around but will let you pet her as much as you want. We have raised her from a 3 day old chick and have never had a problem. She is also friendly with all our other chickens and turkeys. She isn't laying yet so I can't speak to that but I am anticipating that she will lay well. We aren't raising chicks so that isn't an issue for us. I'd say don't hesitate!

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