Egg Colors, What Do they Mean?

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Believe it or not, people went through a phase where colored eggs were thought to be less nutritious, but that’s not the case. It was believed that, blue eggs for say, had less cholesterol than brown or white eggs, but this is simply a myth. Here’s why the blue, green, or pink eggs are the same as the standard white or brown eggs.

How are the eggs pigmented?

When a hen lays an egg, the shell making process takes about 20 hours, and the egg starts off being white. Before the egg is layed, it is coated in what makes the egg-shell colored, depending on the hen’s genetics. In Ameraucnas, they have the oocyanin pigment that makes the inside and outside of the shell that beautiful sky blue color. In chickens that lay brown eggs, they have the pigment called protoporphyrin that makes the outside of the shell various shades of brown, from light tan to chocolate-brown. For chickens that lay green eggs, such as the Olive Egger, the brown pigment covers an already blue egg, resulting in green, but the inside of the egg remains blue.

With that being said, colored eggs are the same as white eggs. The only thing that makes them different is their shell color, which doesn’t affect the nutrition balance. In fact, colored eggs are becoming very popular in backyard flocks, and rare breeds like the Ameraucnas and Black Copper Marens are becoming popular because of their beautiful egg colors.

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Some breeds are believed to lay tastier eggs than others. Marens for example, are held higher than other breeds and are the eggs used by the French cooks as they are believed to have better taste, but it really is up to you if you believe this. I think that eggs taste better based on diet. For example, a hen that is allowed to free range or has access to grass, weeds, and herbs lay a better, healthier egg because they have the right nutrition to lay a good egg. How dark the egg yolk is doesn’t always mean the hen is free range or a better egg, as feeding your chickens things such as sea kelp can make the eggs darker, which is another reason I raise my own chickens, as then I know what goes into them and their eggs.

I hope this helped you eggs, because I learned a few things as well! Read here on washing your eggs for some more egg-cellent reading today. Follow me on Instagram for more updates on my chickens and my new baby chicks, who are the most adorable things ever!

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