Easter Egger Colors
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What Color Will the Easter Egger Chicks Be?
The guy at the feed store said all Easter Eggers look the same when they grow up.
I looked all over the internet to see if there were photos of different colored Easter Egger chicks and what color those chicks grew up to look like. Nothing. Guess I'll have to do it myself!
Below on this page, I'll document 5 chicks as they feather out.
February, 2011 - 2 Years
The lightest colored EE (Blond) suffered from Mareks Disease which ravaged my flock in 2010. It left her with eerie gray blind eyes. As to color, her last molt resulted in white feathers looking very gray. I'm wondering if this is also a symptom of Mareks. Will wait to see what the 2nd batch white chick looks like at 2 years.
Black - Still lovely and almost identical to 2 of the 2nd batch girls. Very flashy and very shy.
Blond - In memory. Gray Mareks eyes match prominent graying in her white feathers laced with golden.
Chip - A big girl! Her black beard has lightened to dark steel gray. Very friendly.
Stripe - Pretty much the same as the first year. Very friendly.
Tan - Pretty much the same as the first year. A very shy flyer who needs regular wing feather clipping.
May 5, 2010 - A Year
All the EEs stopped laying in winter. All but one also molted before they were a year old. Colors haven't changed a lot, but bodies, beards and cheeks have filled out. Most of the eggs are green or greenish with the exception of the Blond who lays the bluest egg.
Black - Displaying more black feathering in her neck and head--still has a black tail. Very flashy and very shy.
Blond - No color change from her 18 weeks photo. A shy girl who lays a big aqua egg.
Chip - Intricate feather pattern has lightened just a bit. Very friendly.
Stripe - Neck remains redish while her back color has lightened. Very friendly.
Tan - Still tan and grey, maybe a little lighter. Very shy who lays the greenest egg.
July 2 , 2009 - 18 weeks
The girls are about to begin laying eggs. Their bodies will fill out as they age. I'll update this page when they are past the pullet stage.
Black - A lovely girl with golden head, cheeks and beard. This bird is quite shy.
Blond - White with golden lacing on feathers. Golden head, cheeks and beard. A friendly girl.
Chip - Intricate feather markings. Black head, cheeks and bushy beard. Very friendly.
Stripe - Mostly light red with a little dark in the tail, wings and neck feathers. Becoming friendly.
Tan - Soft gray and tan. Tan head with gray and tan cheeks and beard. Very shy.
May 11 , 2009 - Not much change- 10 weeks
The girls aren't changing much so I'll make this that last 2-week installment till after they begin laying eggs.
Black - A few cheeks.
Blond - Cheeks and beard are lighter tan than her head.
Chip - Still flashy with a black head, cheeks and beard.
Stripe - Furry red face.
Tan - Tan and grey cheeks and beard--cute.
April 27, 2009 - Cheeks and Beards- 8 weeks
Black has become a lovely bird with a tan head and beautifully marked black feathers. She has no beard or much cheeks yet.
Blond is buff colored at the head with buff laced white feathers turning pure white at the tail. She may have a white beard.
Chip has a black head, cheeks and beard. I think she will look stunning.
Stripe is getting a red beard and cheeks to match the rest of her body. The name 'Stripe' was given her for her baby coloring--doesn't have much to do with her adult plumage, but she does still have some black striping on her wings.
Tan is lovely gray and tan with a gray beard. Someone said this color is lilac.
April 13, 2009 - Little hens- 6 weeks
Black continues to lighten to clear tan on her head. She is transformed from tan to dark as her color travels from head to tail. Leg and back feathers are black laced with tan.
Blond is coloring in the opposite way from Black. Her light red head color changes to white at the tail. No markings except a faint lacing of red around the white feathers on her back.
Chip looks similar to Black with tan feathers at her throat. Her head feathers appear to be black and she has barring rather than lacing on her chest and back feathers.
Stripe continues to turn red. In fact, she may lose the black barring on her wings and be almost all red except for black in her flight feathers and tail.
Tan is still very pale tan with gray barring. She doesn't have much feathering on her head yet.
March 30, 2009 - Chest feathers - 4 weeks
The little girls are getting their chest feathers. With other breeds, these chest feathers are the color the adult will be so I can only assume it will be the same with an Easter Egger. Scroll down to see the earlier comparisons.
Black has solid golden tan coming in on her neck with black feathers marked with tan on her chest. Her legs are the darkest of the 5.
Blond is turning peachy tan on her neck and upper chest. It looks like head feathers may be redish. The rest of her is white and her legs are getting darker gray--dirty legs!
Chip's chest feathers look like her wings--dark barring on golden brown. Looks like she'll have lighter coloring on her neck and solid black feathers at her legs.
Stripe is getting unmarked light red neck and chest feathers. Head feathers a little darker red. Her color looks like a lot of Easter Eggers I have seen on the web.
Tan is getting lighter. Her chest feathers are very light tan with gray barring--a lighter version of her wings. Her color is very muted and soft. Can't see head feathers on her yet.
March 16, 2009 - A few wing feathers - 2 weeks
The chicks have distinctive markings on their wing feathers. Of course, I learned with the first chicks I raised, early feathers are different than adult feathers. The Rhodies for example have lots of black or tan on their baby wing feathers that disappear later.
The blond's legs are beginning to darken in color to a sort of gray compared to the very yellow legs of the red sex links I'm also raising.
So, this is the first in the series of 2-week progress photos. The black and the blond chicks are very different than the other three. Even though the remaining three looked different as babies, their first feathers look similar now.
These photos of the 1-day-old babies will be the base for comparison as they grow up. I've temporarily named them to track their progress. Chip is short for the chipmonk she reminds me of.
They all have dark legs except the blond which are her golden color. The black one has the darkest legs.
Future photos will appear in this order:
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