Breed: Easter Egger
Origin: America, 1970
Egg Colour: Blue-Green
Egg Size: M
Comb Type: Pea
“Easter Eggers” are chickens that lay colourful eggs – depending on the parent stock, eggs may be blue, green, pink, or olive, though hens that lay olive eggs are typically called “Olive Eggers.” Our Easter Eggers will lay medium blue-green eggs. There can be some confusion regarding the differences between Easter Eggers, Ameraucanas, and Americanas. For example, our parent stock for our Easter Eggers is composed of both Ameraucanas and Easter Eggers! Here’s the breakdown:
- Easter Eggers: not recognized by the APA, come in a mix of colours, can lay a variety of coloured eggs, depending on the parents, often have muffs, but not always.
- Ameraucanas: APA recognized, come in specific colours (for example, Black, Wheaten, Blue, etc.), have muffs and beards, have pea combs, and lay blue eggs.
- Americanas: This breed does not technically exist – it’s a misspelling of Ameraucana. Some companies deliberately use this misspelling in order to market Easter Eggers as Ameraucanas. It is also used by individuals to indicate that their Ameraucanas are not purebred. Spelling matters!
Our flock is composed of Black and Blue Ameraucanas, as well as Splash and Mixed-Colour Easter Eggers, which means we get lots of fun-coloured chicks! Easter Eggers are a farm favourite – from their charming muffs and beards, to their lovely blue eggs, to their hawk-like focus, these birds are ideal for backyard or mixed flocks.
- Chicks are ready at the end of each month. For example, if you select “May” as your month, your chicks will be ready for pick-up by the end of May.
- Unsexed (“straight run”) chicks have not been sexed. In our experience, we have found the 50-50% rule to hold true in large groups. Please note: if you order a few chicks (less than 25 of one breed, for example), the chances of even ratios of male to female increase. Unsexed chicks are $15ea.
- Sexed (female or male) chicks are only possible with our auto-sexing breeds. This means that males and females have different colours/markings when they hatch. We have found this to be extremely reliable, but cannot guarantee 100% accuracy. Female chicks (pullets) are $25ea and male chicks (cockerels) are $5ea.
In the case that a chick is not available at hatch, you will have the option of 1) Choosing a substitute, or 2) Choosing a later hatch date.