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    We gathered about 30 eggs this morning. We were surprised to see the green and blue hues in the mix.

    Why are Chicken Eggs Different Colors?

    Chicken eggs from various chicken breeds emerge in different shades because of pigments which are deposited as the eggs move through the hen's oviduct. The pigment depositions are determined by the chicken's genetics, with some breeds producing rich dark brown eggs, for example, while others lay snow white eggs. The eggs inside are essentially identical; there are no major flavor differences between chicken eggs from different birds, as the flavor is determined by the chicken's diet.

    There are three main colors for chicken eggs. Most eggs in the store come in white or shades of brown. It is also possible to find blue to green chicken eggs, which come from the Aracuana, a breed of chicken developed in Chile. Araucanas have also been crossed with other breeds to produce the Americauna, sometimes called the “Easter egg chicken” in a reference to its multicolored eggs.

    Originally, all chicken eggs were probably brown. Over time, people selectively bred chickens with progressively lighter eggs, ultimately producing white chicken eggs, which came to be the norm. Brown eggs were reintroduced to the market in the late 20th century, although people on farms were already quite familiar with the them. Some classic white egg laying breeds include Andalusians, Faverolles, Dorkings, Leghorns, and Lakenvelders. Barnevelders, Rhode Island Reds, Jersey Giants, Delawares, and Orpingtons are well known for their brown eggs, which vary in color from light cream to dark brown.

    In many cases, a chicken with white ear lobes will produce white eggs, while chickens with red ear lobes lay brown eggs, although this is not always true. Size is not a determining factor, with white eggs coming from tiny Bantams just as they do from large Leghorns. The color of the chicken is also irrelevant; chickens actually come in a wide range of shapes, colors, and sizes which run the gamut from strange-looking Frizzled Cochins to sleek black and white Lakenvelders.

    The color of chicken eggs should not influence your purchasing decisions at the market, as the contents of the egg are what counts. Chickens who eat free range, varied diets tend to produce healthier eggs, as their free range lifestyles allow them to consume the dietary minerals they need for their own health, and these minerals will be passed down in their eggs. You may also have noticed that farm-fresh eggs have very dark yolks, whereas chicken eggs from battery hens have much lighter yolks, indicating less nutritional value.

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    1. operaticomnivore 64 months ago | reply

      Beautiful photo! I've used it for my blog post with credit and a link:

      thanks for sharing!

    2. TheBigWRanch12 63 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Chickens ROCK!!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    3. 62 months ago | reply

      some say gold will be the standard if the economy falls apart, I think these you have the resources for such a time, Laying hens, now all you need is a milk cow

    4. toriejayne 62 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous colours!

    5. mparks24 61 months ago | reply

      Love this photo and the accompanying info. I've used your shot to illustrate my article at Suite101: Please let me know if you want the credit under a different name. Thanks so much for sharing! --Melissa

    6. researchenjim 61 months ago | reply

      Lovely picture - thanks for posting. I too have used the image with credit & link on a Not From Concentrate blog post:
      Thanks again,

    7. Marianne Elixir 60 months ago | reply

      I have used this image on my blog, with a link back to this page.
      Thank you!

    8. mrktgconsult 56 months ago | reply

      I am using this photo within a blog post about the recent egg recall at Thank you!

    9. sbmilagros 56 months ago | reply

      Lovely photo! Now those are REAL eggs. I've used it on my blog w/attribution, in a post about the egg recall:.
      Thank you!

    10. Rue89 55 months ago | reply

      We're a French news website called Rue89 ( and are about to use this picture (with link and credit) to illustrate a story on our site, observing the Creative Commons conditions mentioned in this page.

      If you do not want us to reproduce your work on our site, just email me us webmaster[at]

      Congratulations for this photo.

    11. edwardra3 53 months ago | reply

      I also used your photo on my blog:

    12. jerome_Munich 52 months ago | reply

      Your picture was used there:
      I thought you might appreciate the exact link.
      (This is the site noted 3 posts above).

    13. J. Woodward | iconoco 51 months ago | reply

      Lovely. That's a lot of omelet.

    14. juleeln{pro acct.expired} 51 months ago | reply

      we have brown and blue/green variety.
      this was really interesting to read.
      lovely photo.

    15. lindamgibbs 50 months ago | reply

      i am a student at UCLA extensions graphic communications programs. I'm currently enrolled in a publication design class. I am designing a concept magazine for a class project about backyard farming. I would like to use your many colors photo if I can? I would need a much larger resolution though.. Do you have a larger version. I have it cropped without the basket. and the magazine page is 9x11. I wanted the eggs to be one full bleed page. Please let me know.

    16. chilingoober 15 months ago | reply

      Thank you for sharing such a beautiful picture! I used it on my blog post How to Use Up Extra Eggs Thank you so much :)

    17. lettawren 11 months ago | reply

      Thanks for sharing your photo with Creative Commons. I'm using it with full attribution in the caption and a link to the original on the open-access social science site It will accompany an article on fertility. You can check it out here:
      With appreciation,
      Letta Page

    18. kulwant-2-singh 10 months ago | reply

      Thanks for this brilliant image.
      I have used it on my blog post here

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