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White vs brown eggs?

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Created March 12, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Is there a difference between white and brown eggs whether their free range/pastured or not?

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on February 09, 2012
at 06:42 AM

Very nice answer!

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on February 09, 2012
at 05:59 AM

I buy brown eggs because I think there is something more in the shell. This does not impact the nutrition in the egg I eat but I believe it adds elements to my worm compost.I have no info to back this up though. Also brown eggs have warts and spots which I think are prettier.

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on February 08, 2012
at 11:23 PM

akd - that commercial played where I grew up too. I started humming it as soon as I saw the title of this post. Must...banish...jingle...!

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on December 07, 2011
at 06:08 AM

You've got that turned around. It's not that white eggs come from white chickens; it's that white chickens come from white eggs.

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on December 05, 2011
at 02:27 AM

You've got that turned around. It's not that white eggs from from white chickens; it's that white chickens come from white eggs.

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on December 04, 2011
at 07:02 PM

Man, I had no idea that chickens had ear lobes!

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on March 12, 2011
at 10:21 PM

ooh i'd love to see purple eggs! so far, ive only seen blue and sea-foam green eggs from my chickens

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on March 12, 2011
at 09:57 PM

I have no idea. I get them from my local farmer. Some are brown, some white, some blue, purple, green. The chickens all look the same to me, but I am no expert on chickens.

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on March 12, 2011
at 09:07 PM

mari, Do you know what breed(s) lay the purple eggs. I just saw some pics of pink chicken eggs too. Fascinating to see all the diversity.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on March 12, 2011
at 09:01 PM

Yep, very pretty. Do a google image search for Araucana chicken eggs.

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on March 12, 2011
at 08:37 PM

Then how are purple/green/blue eggs made?

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on March 12, 2011
at 08:37 PM

Yes. I've even gotten purple eggs.

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on March 12, 2011
at 08:35 PM

There are blue/green/etc chicken eggs? I've never seen them, wow, that would be weird. Easter eggs you don't have to dip...

88905cfc5bb098ad3830671a1af373a8

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on March 12, 2011
at 04:24 PM

so the conventional brown eggs are from chickens that ate extra portions of soy, I assume.

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on March 12, 2011
at 04:00 PM

The local farm eggs I get are brown, and white eggs just look wrong to me now; so ... WHITE. :) Like hygienic supermarket food.

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on March 12, 2011
at 02:25 PM

now i have that damn song in my head from those stupid commercials- "brown eggs are local eggs and local eggs are fresh!" UGH. a lot of problems with that ad campaign.....

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Bf72f771a19f3a3789f7fdf24c86daef

on March 12, 2011
at 10:11 PM

nope, it all just depends on breed of chicken.

According to the Egg Nutrition Board (and who should know better?), "White shelled eggs are produced by hens with white feathers and ear lobes. Brown shelled eggs are produced by hens with red feathers and red ear lobes. There is no difference in taste or nutrition between white and brown eggs."

But Bill Finch of the Mobile Register suggests that brown eggs may have tasted better at one time. He says, "For years, the chickens preferred by commercial growers happened to lay white eggs. A few smart cooks sought out brown eggs because most of the home-reared American flocks, which had access to flavor-enhancing weeds and bugs, happened to lay brown eggs. Commercial egg producers eventually got wise to this. They started raising chickens that laid brown eggs, and charged a premium for them at the store.

"But because the white AND brown grocery-store eggs are the result of the same bland commercial diet, their eggs taste exactly the same. Many people still apparently don't realize they've been duped at their own game."

Which breed of hen will lay which color egg is pretty much well known in the industry: White Leghorns are the most popular breed used to lay white eggs, and Rhode Island Reds are most often used for laying brown eggs. (Check out this chicken chart to see what color eggs other hen breeds lay.)

for example, the pale-blue ones are Americauna eggs. the dark brown ones come from Cuckoo Maran hens white-vs-brown-eggs? white-vs-brown-eggs?

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on December 04, 2011
at 07:02 PM

Man, I had no idea that chickens had ear lobes!

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on February 09, 2012
at 06:42 AM

Very nice answer!

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on March 12, 2011
at 02:14 PM

there is zero nutritional difference. white eggs come from white chickens, and brown eggs come from brown chickens. better to look at what the chickens were eating than what color their feathers are. ;)

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on March 12, 2011
at 02:25 PM

now i have that damn song in my head from those stupid commercials- "brown eggs are local eggs and local eggs are fresh!" UGH. a lot of problems with that ad campaign.....

E639bc85fd42430285596434a6515ad5

(2226)

on December 05, 2011
at 02:27 AM

You've got that turned around. It's not that white eggs from from white chickens; it's that white chickens come from white eggs.

E639bc85fd42430285596434a6515ad5

(2226)

on December 07, 2011
at 06:08 AM

You've got that turned around. It's not that white eggs come from white chickens; it's that white chickens come from white eggs.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on February 08, 2012
at 11:23 PM

akd - that commercial played where I grew up too. I started humming it as soon as I saw the title of this post. Must...banish...jingle...!

4b8ce2e8143119b39e00d5705b76cfa6

(40)

on February 09, 2012
at 05:59 AM

I buy brown eggs because I think there is something more in the shell. This does not impact the nutrition in the egg I eat but I believe it adds elements to my worm compost.I have no info to back this up though. Also brown eggs have warts and spots which I think are prettier.

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5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on March 12, 2011
at 08:34 PM

In the supermarkets, distinctionwise I've noticed the white eggs are the mass market ones and the brown ones are the omega 3/cage free/free range/blah blah blah types.

I understand they're just different breeds, and my suspicion is that they just feed/treat the brown egg layers differently so there's the obvious difference at the stores (to avoid arguments). i.e. $4.50 for a dozen brown omega 3 eggs is more understandable than $4.50 for a dozen white omega 3 eggs that look the same as the $2 dozen white eggs. Because hey, they're brown! :)

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5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on March 12, 2011
at 02:57 PM

Brown, blue, green and other colors are more photogenic. That's about it. Go by what the chickens eat (free ranging, pastured chickens that can eat lots of bugs, worms etc).

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on March 12, 2011
at 09:07 PM

mari, Do you know what breed(s) lay the purple eggs. I just saw some pics of pink chicken eggs too. Fascinating to see all the diversity.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on March 12, 2011
at 09:57 PM

I have no idea. I get them from my local farmer. Some are brown, some white, some blue, purple, green. The chickens all look the same to me, but I am no expert on chickens.

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on March 12, 2011
at 08:35 PM

There are blue/green/etc chicken eggs? I've never seen them, wow, that would be weird. Easter eggs you don't have to dip...

D63a9a7789b948a1e88647f6c0e504ca

(1453)

on March 12, 2011
at 04:00 PM

The local farm eggs I get are brown, and white eggs just look wrong to me now; so ... WHITE. :) Like hygienic supermarket food.

Bf72f771a19f3a3789f7fdf24c86daef

on March 12, 2011
at 10:21 PM

ooh i'd love to see purple eggs! so far, ive only seen blue and sea-foam green eggs from my chickens

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on March 12, 2011
at 09:01 PM

Yep, very pretty. Do a google image search for Araucana chicken eggs.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on March 12, 2011
at 08:37 PM

Yes. I've even gotten purple eggs.

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on March 12, 2011
at 02:17 PM

No.

To quote the straightdope, "According to the Egg Nutrition Board (and who should know better?), 'White shelled eggs are produced by hens with white feathers and ear lobes. Brown shelled eggs are produced by hens with red feathers and red ear lobes. There is no difference in taste or nutrition between white and brown eggs'... 'They simply come from two different breeds of chickens. Brown eggs, however, are more expensive because the chickens that lay them eat more than those that lay white eggs.' Among the breeds that lay brown eggs are the Rhode Island Red, the New Hampshire and the Plymouth Rock--all larger birds that require more food."

88905cfc5bb098ad3830671a1af373a8

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on March 12, 2011
at 04:24 PM

so the conventional brown eggs are from chickens that ate extra portions of soy, I assume.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on March 12, 2011
at 08:37 PM

Then how are purple/green/blue eggs made?

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on February 08, 2012
at 08:22 PM

I have some Americaunas (dont think I spelled that right) and, of course, they lay the green eggs. Oddly enough, they have green legs!!!!!! Now, I have some beautiful chickens called Silver Laced Wyandottes and they have legs that are a yellow-orange color and they lay brown eggs. Maybe its just a coincidence that their earlobes are the same color as their legs.............????????? I wonder....

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on December 04, 2011
at 06:58 PM

White eggs are layed by chickens with white earlobes, feathers have nothing to do with the shell color. I have Brown Leghorns which lay white eggs just as White Leghorns would. I also have Lite Bramhas(which are white) Barred Rocks,and Golden Comets all lay biege to brown eggs. They have red earlobes Don't be fooled by eggs purchased in the supermarket,buy your eggs locally. You may pay a little more but there is a world of difference . I sell mine for 2.50 a dozen and 3.50 for 1-1/2 dozen and I can't keep up with demand.But remember buy local buy fresh.

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on March 12, 2011
at 09:26 PM

No, each hen has its own distinctive shell tinting. The fact that most commerical eggs are white means something is un-natural in the process. We are a country that eats with its eyes rather than its tongue.

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C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on February 09, 2012
at 04:32 AM

Is it racist that one color of egg can't be cartooned with another? Can't the eggs just live in piece?

Although slightly more seriously I would think vegetarian feed chickens would be sicker than chickens that eat worms.

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