Two years ago my sister decided to raise a few chickens. She started out with four, two of which, were ‘Easter Eggers’.
What are ‘Easter Egger’ chickens, you may ask? Well, they aren’t a breed – they are a hybrid variety of chicken that carry the ‘blue’ egg gene from the pure Araucana breed.
There is a very wide variability between the appearance of ‘Easter Egger’ chickens. Lucy, above, is white. ‘Effie’ below has a rich variety of brown tones.
Because of the huge differences in appearance, it is impossible to know ahead of time, what color an ‘Easter Egger’ chick will end up having.
Easter Eggers typically lay green eggs, although some lay blue, white, brown or even pink eggs. An ‘Easter Egger’ chicken will only lay one egg color its whole life.
The fun part is, is that there is no way to tell what color egg a particular ‘Easter Egger’ will lay until it is old enough to start laying eggs.
Both Effie and Lucy lay green eggs. Their nest mates, Flo and Ramona lay brown eggs.
Although the appearance of ‘Easter Eggers’ vary widely, there are some shared characteristics. Generally, they have a pea comb as well as green colored legs and some have tufts. Some hatcheries incorrectly identify them as Ameraucanas or Araucanas – (Easter Eggers are related, but have been cross-bred with other breeds).
They are very gentle and friendly and are an excellent choice for your chicken flock.
Besides, how can you resist such a cute face?