Chicken Breeds Ideal for Backyard Pets and Eggs

Popular picks for backyard flocks, these breeds rate high for their friendly personalities, beauty or unusual looks, hardiness in hot and cold climates, and reputations as good egg layers.

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Easter Egger

If you want a hen that lays pastel blue, green or pink eggs, then the Easter Egger is the one for you. Easter Eggers are technically not a breed, though they resemble Ameraucanas and Araucanas. EEs come in a variety of colored plumage and frequently have pea combs, muffs and ear tufts. EEs are regarded as hardy, friendly and good layers. This EE is named Quilla and lays pale blue eggs.

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