Easter Egger Chicken: December Breed of the Month

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

(Cross) Breed of the Month: Easter Egger Chicken

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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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See the Full List of Breed of the Month Features: 

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Lakenvelder Chicken Happy Hen Treats https://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/poultry/chickens-101/lakenvelder-chicken-september-breed-of-the-month/
Olandsk Dwarf Chicken Happy Hen Treats https://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/poultry/chickens-101/olandsk-dwarf-chicken-breed-of-the-month/
Saxony Duck Bluebonnet Feeds https://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/poultry/poultry-poultry/saxony-duck-july-breed-of-the-month/
Cochin Chicken Happy Hen Treats https://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/poultry/chickens-101/cochin-chicken-june-breed-month/
Ancona Duck Chubby Mealworms https://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/poultry/poultry-poultry/ancona-duck-may-breed-of-the-month/
Faverolle Tasty Worms https://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/poultry/chickens-101/faverolle-chicken-breed-of-the-month/
Ayam Cemani Greenfire Farms https://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/poultry/chickens-101/ayam-cemani-chicken-breed-of-the-month-gff/
Silkie Stromberg’s https://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/poultry/chickens-101/silkie-chickens-breed-of-the-month-strm/
Blue Andalusian Fowl Play Products https://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/poultry/chickens-101/blue-andalusian-chicken-bom-fp/
Australorp Mt. Healthy Hatcheries https://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/poultry/chickens-101/australorp-chickens-december-breed-of-the-month-mthh/
Rhode Island Red Fowl Play Products https://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/poultry/chickens-101/rhode-island-red-chicken-november-breed-of-the-month-fp/
Sussex Seabuck 7 https://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/poultry/chickens-101/sussex-chicken-october-breed-of-the-month-sb/
Leghorn Fowl Play Products https://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/poultry/chickens-101/leghorn-chicken-september-breed-of-the-month-fp/
Bantams Fowl Play Products https://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/poultry/chickens-101/bantam-chickens-vs-standard-chicken-breeds/
Ameraucana Fowl Stuff https://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/poultry/chickens-101/ameraucana-chicken-breed-of-the-month/
Brahma SeaBuck 7 https://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/poultry/chickens-101/brahma-chicken-july-breed-of-the-month-sb/
Orpington Purely Poultry https://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/poultry/chickens-101/breed-of-the-month-orpington-chicken/
Olive Eggers Seabuck 7 https://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/poultry/chickens-101/may-breed-of-the-month-olive-egger-chicken/
Marans Greenfire Farms https://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/poultry/chickens-101/breed-of-the-month-marans-chicken/
Wyandotte Greenfire Farms https://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/poultry/chickens-101/wyandotte-chicken-june-breed-of-the-month/
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