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
Unique, energetic and variable birds
Easter Eggers are commonly seen sold as Ameraucanas. Some of them do essentially look like Ameraucanas just with non-standard coloration while others have extremely different physical characteristics. The one thing they all have in common is that they’re beautiful birds that lay equally beautiful eggs.
One of my Easter Eggers was sold as an Araucana (a tailless breed), which she clearly isn’t. The other was a rescued rooster that was given to me as an Ameraucana, and again obviously isn’t, though he is growing into a large, gorgeous bird.
There are a lot of myths surrounding the eggs of the Easter Egger. While the variety as a whole can vary dramatically in the color of eggs they lay, an individual bird will only lay one color. You will not get a green egg one day and a pink the next from the same bird.
Most Easter Eggers lay eggs somewhere in the blue to green spectrum. They truly do look like gently dyed easter eggs and are wonderful for adding variety to your egg cartons. The eggs are not, however, any nutritionally different than the eggs of any other breed as is sometimes implied.
The amount of eggs you can get from an Easter Egger varies as much as the genetics of this variety does. Some are heavy, productive layers. I know a gal who gets enough from her Easter Eggers to sell extras.
My gal, Gadget, is far less productive. She was moderately reliable as a young bird, but nothing like my other breeds and now she only lays occasionally. She’s primarily a pet and her eggs are worth the wait not only because of the beautiful color, but because Gadget’s eggs have always been perfect. She’s our go to girl if we need an egg that is guaranteed blood and protein spot free.
Personality wise, Gadget and the other Easter Eggers I’ve met are unique. Gadget had some trouble initially blending into my flock because she is a faster, flightier bird that tended to get on the other birds’ nerves. She’s since grown on them and mostly does her own thing.
Gadget isn’t the easiest bird to handle and is a fast, decent flier (for a full-sized chicken) so is a nightmare to catch off the roost. My Easter Egger rooster, however, who has his own enclosure, is exceptionally calm about being picked up and petted. He also can’t get more than a couple feet off the ground.
You can never know exactly what you’re going to get with an Easter Egger, but whatever you get is guaranteed to be a fun, beautiful addition to your flock..
From gardenfairy Sep 4 2014 8:05PM
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