Other common names: Easter Egg Chicken; Easter Egger; Mongrel Ameraucana
The basics: The Easter Egger is a popular cross-bred variety of chicken, and is best known for laying large eggs that vary in color from blue to green to pink. The Easter Egger Chicken is not an accepted breed, and has a tangled history with the Ameraucana and Araucana chicken breeds.
Easter Eggers can be found in standard and bantam sizes. Because they are not a unique breed, Easter Eggers vary widely in color and shape.
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Pea Comb): Any
Personality: Varies from shy to good natured and outgoing.
Prefered climate: Cool
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Very good (Average 4/wk)
Egg color: Green, Blue, Pink
Egg size: Extra Large
consistent layer, differentcolored eggs, cute little beards, Colorful Eggs, great mothers
respectable flyers, mixed breed mutt
Rainbow/Easter Egg Chickens
This breed is a top 5 favorite in my list, easily. Their coloring is varied and unique from bird to bird. Some have muffs, tufts of feathers by their beaks and others do not. Some lay a blue tinted egg and others lay more of a green. I have shocked many a new farm fresh egg customer with green and blue eggs in their carton. These birds are friendly and curious and excellent foragers. They can go broody and make good mothers when they hatch out chicks. Their personalities can vary almost as much as their coloring, we have had both quiet ones and loudmouths in our flock. They are dependable layers. A potential drawback might include their lack of uniformity. Our hatchery sells them for their egg color production and not for a standard appearance, so we do not show this breed. However, our recent order had a heavy number of these birds, since they are so pleasant and agreeable overall. In a free range situation they can occasionally behave more like their game bird ancestors and often strike out on their own to find a nesting place..
From goatherdgirl Nov 19 2014 10:16AM
Highly Contagious Chicks should be Vaccinated
If chicks are purchased from a hatchery they are usually vaccinated for Marek's before they are mailed to you or you are given the option of having them vaccinated. You can also purchase the vaccine and administer it to your chickens yourself or have a veterinarian that deals with fowl give the vaccine. Marek's is a highly contagious viral disease that causes a plethora of issues and there is no treatment. Some chickens will not be affected or show symptoms even if they have the disease. A vaccinated bird is capable of spreading the virus to other birds so all birds should be vaccinated. The virus can leave for months in a coop even if the affected chickens have been removed. .
From Mia B 157 days ago
These girls seem to be more about flashy colors than anything else. Their eggs are a unique pastel in color, but they lay a good deal less than our other breeds. It is also difficult to convince them to lay in the nesting boxes, while the other girls tend to prefer the nesting boxes than anything else. Also, we started with six and now the one left does not lay at all. I love her, truly, but she is like a free loading companion that can't even afford to spare you some affection.
That brings me to my next point; out of all the breeds we have had, the "easter eggers" are, by far, the least social. They barely even interact amongst themselves, nevermind the the humans or goats. They will travel a mile out of the way to avoid someone.
They are also very fragile, from my experience. They all survived early chickhood easy enough, which isn't saying much since chicks live in my room for the first four months. After being moved outdoors, the first girl disappeared the first night because none of them wanted to sleep in the coop with the other hens. The other hens did not even acknowledge them, but the easter eggers had decided they hated these strangers and slept outside. We assume the first girl was killed by an owl or snake. Four more up and vanished over the course of several months. The final two lasted a couple years, but a few months ago one was struck with an illness and passed away. Now we are left with one.
As companions or producers, these girls rate very poorly. They do make up for it a little bit because they seem to be our best flying insect eaters. When they moved in, we noticed a huge decline in the mosquito population. They are also very appealing to the eye, and their eggs are a conversation started amongst friends and family..
From BhuvanaMcGoats May 28 2015 8:12PM