Easter Eggers are super friendly; they are large layers, of large eggs in the colors blue and green. Their plumage can range from white to dark brown and black. Their smaller body size gives them an advantage in the heat, and their small pea comb means they also do well in cold weather, as they are not as prone to freezing.
While Easter Eggers lay mostly blue or green eggs, a small percentage lay eggs in a different color, including tinted, brown, or even pink. Each chicken gives ONE egg color. The color of the egg does not change from one egg that is laid to another. For example, if your hen just laid a green egg, she'll lay a green egg all her life.)
Schwarzes Kupfer Marans
Who wouldn't want those beautiful eggs in their basket?
The chocolate egg breed - the Black Copper Marans! This breed is a must-have for those who love a colorful egg basket!
You can expect your Marans to lay an egg anywhere from dark brown to deep reddish brown to medium brown with lots of dark speckling. Marans also make lovely pets - they are hardy, calm and quiet and can be well contained. They are said to be good foragers without being too destructive to your garden.
The Faverolles is one of our favorite chicken breeds. They are beautiful and wonderfully strange, with muffs, a beard, feathered legs and five toes.
Salmon-colored Faverolles hens lay medium-sized creamy light brown or tinted eggs in large numbers, and they also make good winter armies. They are shy and gentle, but so docile that they tend to be at the bottom of the pecking order in a mixed herd
Faverolles roosters are remarkably calm and make great roosters for the home flock as they are not as aggressive as others.
Buff Orpingtons are large, friendly dual-purpose birds originally developed in the UK. Orpingtons are the only way to go for many small farms and homesteaders! They are hardy because of their fluffy plumage. Great mothers, they go broody.
Nothing is more charming than seeing an Orpington mother and her fluffy new baby chicks peeking out from under her wings in a field on a sunny day. In addition, they are gentle and friendly, apart from being good layers.
The Buff Orpington is the most popular of all the varieties of Orpington - a beautiful, bright, pale "polished" copper color that is an eye catcher against a green lawn.
The Ancona chicken breed has a beautiful "mottled" color pattern of black with white spots, and both Single Comb and Rose Comb varieties are accepted by the American Poultry Association.
Like other Mediterranean chicken breeds, Anconas are densely feathered, active, good foragers and good layers. They are also extremely hardy in cold weather if you protect their large comb from freezing!
Rhode Island Reds are the all-rounder: they lay exceptionally well, they are prized for their meat, and they are extremely hardy.
This chicken breed is so highly regarded that it is the official state bird of Rhode Island. They were once hugely popular in America, but declined along with the small farmer.
Do you have one of these chicken breeds? Share which in the comments.