Easter Eggers are a great for backyard chicken owners who want a colorful chicken that can lay colorful eggs.
In 2018, I started a breeding project to create a Mottled Easter Egger. My goal with this project is a chicken in a variety of colors and patterns, with 2 mottling genes, and lays green or blue eggs.
My parent (P) stock consisted of:
- Blue Wheaten Ameraucana X Swedish Flower Hens
- Incomplete Tolbunt English Orpington X Easter Eggers
- Black Isbar X Porcelain d’Uccle
Due to some bad luck, I ended up with no cockerels from pens 1 & 2 surviving to breeding age. I retained 2 pullets each from pens 1 & 2.
“Pen 3” wasn’t actually a breeding pen – I had thrown in some of the d’Uccle eggs to fill in a few spots in the incubator. None of those chicks were intended as keepers, but one cockerel did stay on long enough to make a new generation.
Along with what I was hatching, I also raised a batch of Aloha chicks for additional genetics: mottling, dun, Naked Neck, good growth rates, and good egg production.
After I broke up the breeding pens, a number of hens went broody and hatched more chicks for me. From these hatches, I was able to add 4 more split-to-mottled pullets, including a Naked Neck pullet.
In 2019, our weather started off bad. Really bad. At the end of February, we experienced an 11-day power outage – resulting in the loss of an incubator full of eggs and all of my spring garden starts.
I never got around to starting more eggs (so much storm cleanup!) but luckily my flock was hit hard with broodiness. A hatch from earlier this year has yielded a pea-combed, mottled cockerel that looks especially promising.