Breed Profile: Easter Egger Chicken

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

Promoted by Mt Healthy Hatcheries


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


Comb: Pea

Popular Use: Eggs and meat

Hardiness: Cold hardy

: 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

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.


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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