Yesterday at a local farmers' market, I heard a young girl (age 13 or so) tell a customer that the brown color was put on the egg by the chicken as it was laid and that the color could be washed/rubbed off. There was no mention of the chicken's ear colors determining the egg color. This teen and her mother have been raising chickens for some time. They have Black Austrolops, leghorns, EE, RIR, in their flock. They sold both brown and white eggs - nice size -- I bought a dozen brown from the 6 dozen they had for sale. Not raising chickens myself yet, I was not going to question her statement, but I had never heard this and wanted to ask the question here. Does the brown wipe/wash off?