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


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

: 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.


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.


Promoted by: Mt Healthy Hatcheries


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See the Full List of Breed of the Month Features: 

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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/
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Faverolle Tasty Worms https://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/poultry/chickens-101/faverolle-chicken-breed-of-the-month/
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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/
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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/
Ameraucana Fowl Stuff https://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/poultry/chickens-101/ameraucana-chicken-breed-of-the-month/
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