The tem­per­a­tures here are in the low 30s today. It’s snow­ing. It’s blow­ing. My fin­gers are so numb from work­ing out­side clean­ing the chicken water­ers, I can hardly feel them. But despite the cold, the snow and the wind, one coura­geous lit­tle chicken mus­tered up the courage to lay her first egg today.

Along with the daily col­lec­tion of six eggs from the red, black and leghorn chick­ens I found a small, bluish-green sur­prise. It could only have been from one of the two Easter egg chickens.

easter egg 2

Now the ques­tion is, which Easter egg chicken pro­duced this win­ter surprise?

Was it Meredith?



Or was it Dorothy?



The chick­ens aren’t talk­ing. They’re wily that way.


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23 Responses to “And That’s Why They Call Her an Easter Egg Chicken”

  1. Rick Roberts Says:

    Dorothy is lovely. What breed is she?

  2. Robin Ripley Says:

    Hi Rick,

    Actu­ally, they call both Mered­ith and Dorothy Easter egg chick­ens! Go figure.


  3. Pam J. Says:

    I was talk­ing to a small chicken farmer recently. (He isn’t small and his chick­ens aren’t small but his farm is.) I told him I was inter­ested, like most of the world it seems, in hav­ing a few chick­ens in my back yard. I think I have enough space and I know I have enough pri­vacy. He said to me “fine idea…just don’t turn them into pets.” I smiled and thanked him, and as I walked away I though “well of course I would turn them into pets.” Mered­ith and Dorothy are quite beau­ti­ful. (PS: Loved your remark on Gar­den Rant … “I strongly sus­pect the rea­son there is such a dearth of good gar­den hard­goods is that gar­den­ers are, by and large, cheap.” Made me laugh!

  4. Carol Says:

    It’s a very pretty egg, regard­less of who laid it!
    .-= Carol´s last blog ..The Plant Pur­chase Per­son­al­ity Test =-.

  5. Mr. McGregor's Daughter Says:

    I’ve seen a green chicken egg. It is really dif­fer­ent look­ing. I won­der if it tastes dif­fer­ently from the white and brown eggs.
    .-= Mr. McGregor’s Daughter´s last blog ..Is My Freudian Slip Show­ing? =-.

  6. Robin Says:

    I’m curi­ous too! Does it taste the same?
    .-= Robin´s last blog ..Joy, My Wish for You, (and Spam) =-.

  7. Weeping Sore Says:

    I don’t raise chick­ens but ben­e­fit from the bounty of a nearby neigh­bor who does. Each week, we visit to buy a dozen eggs in the same lovely col­ors and sizes as yours. A while back, we went to eat at a restau­rant with friends who ordered eggs. The ane­mic yolks and rub­bery whites nei­ther looked nor tasted any­thing like the eggs raised by chick­ens with love.

  8. Kylee from Our Little Acre Says:

    The neigh­bors whose chick­ens we tend to when they need us lay eggs like that. Some­times they look more blue and other times they have a slight green­ish tint. We like to call them green so we can hon­estly say we eat green eggs and ham.
    .-= Kylee from Our Lit­tle Acre´s last blog ..Pro­cras­ti­na­tion Pays Off in Bulbs =-.

  9. Says:

    Love the blue/green egg! Our four hens are hang­ing in there with the cold so far but it’s brrrr cold out there!

  10. Lynn Says:

    Hi Robin! I have 5 Easter Egg chick­ens, along with some other types. But they are still young (about 2 months), they haven’t started lay­ing yet. I can’t wait for their eggs! Mered­ith and Dorothy are so pretty! Our Easter Egg chick­ens are still devel­op­ing their col­ors and feath­ers — I notice they are chang­ing col­ors alot these days as they mature, but I think they will be darker like Mered­ith. I’m also in MD — it is nice to find a local MD blog online!

  11. Terri Says:

    Hi Robin,
    I’m still try­ing to talk my hus­band into a few chick­ens. He knows they will be named (of course) and be pets. Is there any other way! Your pic­tures are fan­tas­tic. I buy my eggs (all col­ors like yours) at our local co-op. And yes! they are totally dif­fer­ent than what you get in a restaurant.

  12. Frances Says:

    Hi Robin, what beau­ties those hens are! My daugh­ter who raises chick­ens always called hers easter eggers. I thought she was mak­ing it up, but that must really be the name. Nice look­ing eggs. You could make a line of paints with those colors. :-)


  13. Frances Says:

    Hi Robin, what beau­ties those hens are! My daugh­ter who raises chick­ens always called hers easter eggers. I thought she was mak­ing it up, but that must really be the name. Nice look­ing eggs. You could make a line of paints with those colors. :-)

    .-= Frances´s last blog ..How To-Bonsai In Hyper­t­ufa =-.

  14. Susan Says:

    I am soooo envi­ous — would love a gar­den big enough for chickens…you don’t know how good you’ve got it :0)
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..return to fluff =-.

  15. Shannon Says:

    What a pretty blue egg!
    .-= Shannon´s last blog ..Har­vest Update =-.

  16. Cindee Says:

    Lovely Eggs! I believe that the orig­i­nal name for Easter Egg Chick­ens is Arau­cana Chick­ens and they orig­i­nated in Chile. We also get “easter eggs” from a gent at my husband’s work. They taste the same — fresh!

  17. Julie Smith Says:

    What beau­ti­ful eggs! And lovely chickens!

  18. Helen Yoest @ Gardening With Confidence Says:

    By the glean in her eye, I say it was Mered­ith! H.
    .-= Helen Yoest @ Gar­den­ing With Confidence´s last blog ..Mak­ing a Hyper­t­ufa Trough – Bet­ter Homes and Gar­dens =-.

  19. jon polvado Says:

    i fondly remem­ber as a young­ster hav­ing chick­ens and eat­ing the fresh eggs. mother pre­ferred hav­ing the smaller chicken with feath­ers on their legs. it was a lot of fun just watch­ing them. when i got on my own i even­tu­ally ended up with some. those pic­tures brought back some fond memories.

  20. Nell Says:

    Ari­co­nan chick­ens pro­duce blueish green eggs. I did a tile job once for a woman who raised them. She gave me a dozan of the most beau­ti­ful eggs I have ever seen. Nell

  21. bavaria Says:

    The eggs are beau­ti­ful and so are “the girls”.

  22. Diana Says:

    What beau­ti­ful Easter Eggers.
    .-= Diana ´s last blog ..Cur­ley Lays an Egg! =-.

  23. Bumblebee Blog » Blog Archive » Chicken Chronicles: The Reader’s Digest Version Says:

    […] this. Baby has really, really big feet like T. Boone Chick­ens. And Baby looks like a cross between Dorothy and Mered­ith, the Easter egg chick­ens. We will never know who the birth mother is with­out DNA […]

Garden and food writer Robin Ripley is co-author of Grocery Gardening. Her new book, Wisdom for Home Preservers, is now available from Taunton Press. Bumblebee is about her life in rural Maryland, her garden, cooking, dogs and pet chickens. She also blogs about food and chickens at Eggs & Chickens. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you for visiting.


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