Chicken Breed Spotlight: "Easter Egger" Chickens
One of the most popular chicken breeds is the "Easter Egger" and I'm not surprised one bit! Not only are they usually assertive, friendly and comical, but they come in a wide variety of colors and patters and lay eggs in a wide variety of shades.
While their personality is second to none, the reason most people add Easter Eggers to their flock is to add some splashes of blue or green to their egg basket. It's always fun when non-chicken folk see a beautiful blue chicken egg for the first time and say, "Blue?! Blue eggs? I didn't know chickens could lay blue eggs!"
Blue eggs can come from several different pure breeds including Araucanas, Ameraucanas, and Cream Legbars. "Easter Eggers" are mixed breed chickens that have been crossed at some point with Araucanas or Ameaucanas. This means that the body type, comb and other features will often resemble one of these breeds but the egg color and feather color/pattern can vary widely. This, in my opinion, is the charm of Easter Eggers.
Many feed stores, ebay shops, or hatcheries will label their Easter Eggers as pure-bred Ameraucanas. Unless you are planning on showing your birds, or if you want a blue egg guarantee, don't be disappointed! There is nothing wrong with having these delightful mutts!
Features you may find in Easter Eggers include muffs, beards, slate/green/blue legs, feathered legs, pea combs, or might be rumpless. Color patterns range across the board from black to white, buff to partridge, splash, blue, lacing, and on and on! Part of the excitement of ordering or hatching out Easter Eggers is waiting with anticipation as they grow up and surprise you with a rainbow of variations.
Similarly, Easter Eggers can lay eggs that are light brown, sage green, turquoise, blue, sky blue, light olive green, spring pea green, or dark olive green. One trend that has exploded in recent years are refered to as "Olive Eggers" which are Ameraucanas, Araucanas, or Easter Eggers crossed with a chocolate egg layer breed such as Marans or Welsummers. This cross produces an Easter Egger (or "Olive Egger") that lays a dark olive green egg.
What more information on common chicken breeds? Download our Chicken Chart for information about sizes, color variations, egg laying, and temperment for 30 common breeds!
Do you have fun facts or stories about Easter Eggers? Please share them in the comments below! We love hearing people's personal stories and thoughts and if there was ever a breed that chicken owners were passional about, it's this one!