Breed Profile: Easter Egger Chicken

Cross Breeding Chickens Can Result in Popular Hybrid Breeds Like the Easter Egger

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Origin: United States

Standard Description: Easter Eggers are not a true breed, rather a hybrid cross. Their egg color makes them a popular choice. And, since they are a hybrid, no two birds look exactly the same, making for a rainbow of colors in a backyard flock. It’s important to note that Easter Eggers will not switch the color of eggs they lay throughout their lifetime.

Temperament: Friendly, active, skittish


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Comb: Pea

Popular Use: Eggs and meat

Hardiness: Cold hardy

Varieties
: Varies – none recognized, as this is not a standard breed

Weight: Hen, 4 lbs., Cock, 5 lbs.

Testimonial of an Easter Egger owner:

“I always keep a few Easter Eggers in my flock. They’re fun because they lay colored eggs and they add variety since each chicken looks different. I can’t imagine my flock without them!”  – Pam Freeman, editor of Backyard Poultry magazine and owner of PamsBackyardChickens.com.

It Isn’t an Easter Egger Chicken if it is
: Not a cross. If it is a true chicken breed, then it can’t be an Easter Egger chicken. Easter Eggers are sometimes mislabeled Ameraucana chickens or Araucana chickens, which are true breeds.

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Egg Color, Size and Laying Habits:

  • Blue, green, or pinkish-cream
  • Large
  • 3-4 eggs per week
  • The reason the egg colors vary so much is because the birds are of mixed parentage.

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