I'll never forget the first time I delivered eggs to a colleague at work. I left the dozen on her desk, and then went to my office. A little later, she came by and exclaimed, "You didn't have to dye my eggs for me!" I had left her a carton of white, light brown, and greenish eggs.
I remember the fascination I had when we started growing our own food a number of years ago, and finding out that I could have different colored eggs. I had never seen eggs that were not white or light brown growing up in Argentina and Brasil (where most of our shopping was done at the weekly farmers market- flowers, vegetables, grains, meat, fish). Since then, I've always made sure we have a varied assortment of egg colors- except for this year that I forgot to order white egg layers!
What is the difference between a white egg and various shades of brown, blue and green? Nothing.
The colors are determined by the breed of chicken laying the eggs.
My alma mater's extension department, Michigan State University, put out a flyer about the same time I was discovering which breeds produce different colors which has been a source of reference for me.
At Senter Ranch, our current flock of layers incude:
- Ameraucana- green eggs
- Cuckoo Maran- dark brown eggs
- Buff Orpington- light brown eggs
- Rhode Island- light brown eggs
Did you know you can check the hen's ear lobes (yes, they have ear lobes!) to determine what color egg they lay? White ear lobes produce white eggs, etc.
Did you also know that all eggs start out white in color, and as they progress through the hen's oviduct, the pigment is deposited on them. Isn't that fascinating!
So now when you purchase our eggs, and open up the carton to see the beautiful colors, you know why they are the color they are!
And to close, just a little reminder (and a play on existing advertising):
Have you noticed that we're having a little fun with patterns when we're filling the egg cartons?
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