Why do some chickens lay different color eggs?
The color of an eggshell is determined by the breed of chicken that laid it.
As an egg travels through the chicken’s oviduct, the shell starts forming and begins white. This takes approximately 26 hours. Different breed chickens will release different pigments in their oviduct during this phase, which are absorbed by the forming eggshell, thus creating different colored eggshells.
Are Brown, Green, or Blue Eggs Healthier?
There is no difference in nutrition between different colored eggs. However, studies show that eggs from chickens that have access to the outdoors and can forage on pasture are more nutritious than eggs from chickens who live indoors in cages. According to a 2010 study from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, eggs from pastured chickens had up to twice the amount of Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Vitamin E than eggs from conventionally raised chickens.
Do Different Colored Eggs Taste Different?
Different colored eggshells do not make an egg taste differently. However, not all eggs taste the same. What a chicken is fed and their living conditions are more likely to influence the flavor of their eggs. Many people find that eggs from pasture-raised chickens have a richer flavor.
Overall, if you want a tastier, healthier egg, buy them from a local farmer that allows the chickens to have access to pasture.
How to Make Your Own Naturally Dyed Eggs
If you’re looking for a weekend project, consider dying your eggs using kitchen scraps. You will be able to find all of the ingredients you need at a farmstand or local-veggie retailer near you. A simple method outlined below: