EasterEgger

History of the Easter Egger

Easter Egger is not a breed by definition as it includes any chicken that possesses the "blue egg" gene, but doesn't fully meet any breed description as defined in the Standard of Perfection set forth by the American Poultry Association (APA) and/or the American Bantam Association (ABA) standards. The name derives from the resemblance of their colorful eggs to Easter eggs. Most hatcheries sell Easter Eggers labeled as Ameraucana or Araucana (or various other spellings), and while Araucana, Ameraucana, and Easter Eggers are descended from the same founder stock that spread around the world from Chile and the Falklands, Easter Eggers are a hybrid chicken. Pure Araucana and Ameraucana chickens meet a specific standard and color variety to qualify as a breed. Even if a bird meets an APA or ABA Standard of Perfection breed description, but doesn't meet a variety description (recognized color), or breed true at least fifty percent of the time, it is technically considered an Easter Egger. These chickens commonly exhibit muffs and beards similar to the Ameraucana and often lay nice blue eggs; however, if Easter Eggers are bred, it is highly unlikely that they will consistently produce offspring of the same type (breed true), which is the reason they come in many colors, most commonly duckwing, and can lay blue to green eggs as well as shades of brown.

Since Easter Eggers are not a true breed and not recognized by the APA or the ABA, they are not shown in competitions. Instead, they are happy birds that lay funny colored eggs and make a great fun addition to backyard flocks.


Easter Egger Behaviour

Although personality can vary due to the different breeds used to create the hybrid Easter Egger, they are typically exceptionally friendly and hardy. Since they are usually quite friendly to children and humans in general, they are a great choice for a family flock.


Understanding Easter Egger Breeding

All hatcheries will describe their EE's as laying blue, green, or pink eggs. The EE hybrid can possibly lay a blue egg - dependent upon what breeds make up its lineage - but only 2nd generation EE's will lay pink, which is actually nothing more than a peachy shade of brown. Mo's Mini Farm refers to offspring out of a crossing of one or both parents being an EE as a 2nd generation EE. This cross increases the chances of the offspring laying a regular brown egg rather than a blue or green.

Mo's Mini Farm only breeds 1st generation EE's, which are the offspring from one pure blue egg parent and a brown or white egg parent, thus ensuring that the offspring carries at least one blue egg gene. This one blue egg gene combined with any other egg gene makes the egg various shades of green-blue.

Mo's Mini Farms breeds pure Ameraucana roosters to various brown egg layers, producing only green-blue egg layers. Visit this link for Notes on our Facebook page regarding breeding EasterEggers: Breeding EasterEggers & OliveEggers

Click on the photo link below to view our EasterEgger photo album.

EasterEgger photo album