Easter Egger Chicken Breed: Everything You Need To Know!

Where Did The Easter Egger Breed Come From?

The Easter Egger chicken, a hybrid chicken with a melting pot of genes from the Araucana chicken of South America, often known as the Mapuche chicken (named after an indigenous tribe who cared for and bred these chickens) and the Ameraucana breed, which is, let’s say, made in the USA! The Easter Egger chickens, or EE as they are often called, are thought to have fluttered around the United States since the early 1900’s.

But here’s the thing – they aren’t recognized as an official breed by the American Poultry Association or American Bantam Association. Guess they’re too cool for labels, huh?

What Do Easter Egger Chickens Look Like?

Easter Eggers have this unpredictable yet endearing appearance. I mean, there are so many options! From black, white, blue, splash, to partridge – you name it. They come in solid colors, with muffs, beards, and fancy slate to green-colored legs. These chickens really do look like the eggs they produce, a whole mixture of rainbow and surprise.

Some even have feathered legs, and rumor has it, some are rumpless! These are not the biggest chickens around, with males weighing only around 5 lbs (2.26 KG) and the ladies at about 4 lbs (1.81 KG). Don’t forget to count their toes; they always have four, with uniquely colored footpads!

Below Is An Image of a Rumpless Easter Egger Chicken. (I know, it’s still ADORABLE!)

What Should You Feed Easter Egger Chickens?

Easter Egger chickens don’t differentiate too much from other chicken breeds in terms of their dietary name. You can get away with treating them the same as you would any other chicken in your flock. However there’s a few things to keep note of throughout various periods of their growth cycle.

Baby Chicks should be fed a 21% Starter Feed for the first eight weeks of their life, this is not uncommon, but still important to know. They’re not too picky either, make sure the feed has at least 16% protein as they get older, if you’d like you can toss in some Oyster Shells (For Gritt), they’ll love it and it’s good for their egg laying.

Like most other breeds Easter Eggers are a sucker for fruits and veggies, these include things such as Apples, Berries, Carrots, Cucumbers, Zucchini, Squash, Spinach, Bananas, Cabbage, Sliced Watermelon and many more. But please, I beg you don’t feed them anything nasty or moldy. Steer clear of Green Potatoes, Avocado, and Plant Parts from the Nightshade Family, these foods are not good for their tummy, most of the mentioned foods contain toxins that are potentially harmful to your birds.

How Many Eggs Do Easter Egger Chickens Lay?

Easter Eggers are the king of the jungle when it comes to egg-laying! Easter Eggers are dominate layers, who lay around 200-280 eggs per year, which is already incredibly but here’s where things get a little crazy: these eggs can come in a whole bunch of different color variations. Those colors include some of the following:

  1. Blue
  2. Green
  3. Pink
  4. Olive
  5. Light Brown
  6. Light Blue
  7. Sea-Foam Green
  8. Dark Green
  9. White

It’s like a surprise every time. You never know what you’re gonna get! The egg colors depend on the Easter Egger’s lineage and are due to some science oriented stuff – such as liver pigmentation or oo-cyanin, which gives their eggs the blue tint. I am sure there’s more color options than what I listed above, however these are the most common.

How Is Easter Egger Chickens Temperament?

The Easter Egger is not the timid type; they wear their hearts on their feathered sleeves. They’re kinda like the social butterflies of the chicken world, packed full of curiosity and willing to venture in any direction for a handful of treats. Some of you may be wondering, how do they behave around small chicken and other birds, and the answer to that is excellent.

With their docile nature and adorable appearance, they make the perfect feathery friends for kids. They’re the kind that would let a child chase them around the yard and then settle calmly on their lap for a good petting. And they ain’t picky about their human friends either. They love adult company just as much. Have you got a bit of time to spare? They’ll be thrilled to share your company.

You’ll need to keep an eye on your small friends, due to the Easter Eggers small size they’ll often appear on the lower end of the pecking order,  this on occasion results in them being bullied by other breeds in your flock that may be larger than them.

Health Issues with Easter Egger Chickens.

As far as health is concerned, Easter Eggers are pretty sturdy. However there are a few things you’ll need to keep an eye on when it comes to your Easter Eggers, most commonly is Scissor Beak (AKA Cross Beak.) And like any other breed of chicken they’ll occasionally get mites / lice due to their lengthy beards. They’re also able to carry disease and illness such as respiratory infections, fowl pox, and intestinal parasites.

Should You Add Easter Egger Chickens To Your Flock?

Heck yeah! But, and there’s always a but, remember a few things. Introducing them to the existing flock can be tricky. The pecking order, size compatibility, and a proper introduction are essential. Don’t just toss them in there! Keep them visible but separate for about a week, let everyone get acquainted.

And let’s recap the awesomeness of Easter Eggers – they lay multicolored eggs, they’re friendly and good with kids, and they’re hardy! They’ll bring joy, color, and eggs to your backyard. Just give them love, care, and a proper introduction to the flock, and you’re in for an egg-citing time!

Oden

Oden is a homesteader from Southern, Illinois who's always had a love for avian creatures. He started Life Of A Farm as a means of helping connect newcomers to the homesteading lifestyle to information they need.

By Oden

Oden is a homesteader from Southern, Illinois who's always had a love for avian creatures. He started Life Of A Farm as a means of helping connect newcomers to the homesteading lifestyle to information they need.

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