Spooky Myths about Backyard Chickens Part 4: Egg Color Indicates Quality

There are no tricks or treats when it comes to the multiple colors of eggs that chickens produce. You might have heard your grandma say that the healthiest eggs are the ones that come in brown shells. Or, perhaps you will only buy bright white eggs because they have the best flavor. While these sentiments have been shared for generations, there is very little truth in either one. Just the other day, my neighbor delivered the most beautiful assortment of home-raised white, brown-, green- and blue-colored eggs. Isn’t that spooky? 

Not really. Blue, green and pink eggs do exist and not just at Easter time. It is a total myth that the color of an eggshell determines the quality of what is inside. Shell color is purely determined by the genetics of the chicken that lays the egg. Specific breeds like the White Leghorn chicken lay white eggs while Plymouth Rocks and Rhode Island Reds lay brown eggs. Breeds like the Araucana, Ameraucana and Lushi will produce the colorful blue or blue-green eggs. An Olive Egger is a cross between and hen and rooster where one is a brown egg laying breed, and one is a blue egg laying breed. The Olive Egger will lay an olive-green egg.  

Regardless of the shell color, there is no difference in quality, taste or nutritional value. All eggs provide a great source of protein and essential nutrients like vitamins A & B, calcium and zinc. With fewer than 80 calories per large egg, you can receive up to 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of healthy fat with just one. That is an incredible protein source for very little caloric intake.  

Myth debunked! No tricks, just treats! You can’t judge an egg by its shell color. All eggs, as long as they are fresh and maintained properly, will be delicious and nutritious!  

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