When scanning the selection of eggs at the grocery store, you'll most likely see white shells inside each carton. If you raise chickens or buy eggs from the local farmer's market, however, you've probably noticed an assortment of not just white eggs, but brown, tan and maybe even blue eggs as well. So what's the difference between these egg varieties? Not much, in terms of taste and nutrition. Eggs are different colors simply because of breed. Here's a quick look at chick breeds and their egg colors.
The Leghorn, Ancona and Polish breeds are a few examples of chickens that lay bright white eggs. One easy trick to spot these chickens is to check their earlobes. Breeds that lay white eggs usually have white earlobes, too.
Brown eggs come in a variety of shades; oftentimes as hens get older, their eggs get lighter. Red Star, Rhode Island Red and the Black Giant are breeds that produce brown eggs.
Blue and Green Eggs
Blue and blue-green eggs aren't as common in the U.S., but you can find them on farms that raise Arucanas, Ameraucanas and Cream Legbars breeds. Like brown eggs, blue varieties do not taste any different from white eggs.
If you raise chickens and wish to bring new breeds to your farm, be sure to stop by Homestead Gardens this spring. During the weeks of March 21st, April 4th and April 18th, we will have a wide variety of chick breeds available, including Buff Cochin, Red Star, Black Giant and Ameraucana. Learn more about the different breed offerings and search our educational resources for helpful tips on raising chicks by visiting our Farm & Pet department today!