Brown egg question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jloftin60, Dec 10, 2016.

  1. jloftin60

    jloftin60 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 24, 2008
    DeRidder, LA
    Of the standard brown egg laying breeds, which breed lays the large darkest brown egg?
    This is without exception of the Marans, only the standard breed.
  2. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Middle Tennessee
    I'd say a Welsummer then... :)
  3. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

    All chicken eggs are white on the inside, were the good part of the egg touches the shell. Don't take my word for it, look inside the next brown egg you break out and see for yourself.

    The color and depth of color on all hen eggs depends on how much pigment she has stored in her body. As the year goes on the color or depth of color will lighten.

    Furthermore all shell pigment is added two hours or less from the time that the egg is laid.

    The reason that people covet brown shelled eggs is because the chicken farmers of a 100+ years ago spread the misinformation that if you ate white eggs then all your children would be born butt naked or some other BS.

    These old timers were set in their ways and instead of staying up with the times they instead looked around for ways to keep their inefficient duel purpose birds.

    The main reason that brown eggs cost more than white ones is because of the increase in feed costs for feeding brown egg laying hens verses a white shell layer.
  4. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Overrun With Chickens

    I think that "the cost of the feed" depends on the size and breed of the chickens that are eating it, and if they are free ranged or not.
  5. For duel purpose hens I liked the eggs from Barred Rock Hens...Nice sized brown eggs.....

  6. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    There are only two colors of eggs as shown on the inside, white & blue.
  7. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Northwestern Wyoming
    My Coop
    Yep, the inside of many of my Easter Eggers eggs are almost as blue as the outside! I agree with Wellsummers for a pretty bird with a lot of personality and nice, dark brown eggs!
  8. Lauravonsmurf

    Lauravonsmurf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2014
    Fair Oaks, CA
    INMO they cost more because they where originally marketed as less common and better than white eggs and that marketing has worked... at one time the white eggs where rare and the more expensive egg, so farmers moved to breeding and improving the white egg layers to get more bucks... now the same energy is being put into brown layers for the same reason. Any chicken breed can have it's laying improved by proper selection or destroyed by improper selection... many breeds where once popular egg layers but have been ignored in this area for generations because they had brown eggs.
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  9. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 14, 2015
    Northern Colorado

    That's interesting to get the back story. Odd, how marketing works ;)

    I think it's funny how a lot of people still think there's a difference between brown and white eggs..Some people assume brown means organic or something. My ex husband wouldn't touch brown eggs if I bought them; he thought they were from dirty chickens lol :D
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2016
  10. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    Also, white egg layers are Mediterranean birds, with the breeds known for "high production" almost all having big floppy combs. Those birds excel in the south, where they can be raised with far less housing expense compared to the north. Brown egg layers have been preferred in the north. Their combs are a bit smaller, thus less prone to frost bite. Housing for birds in the north is more expensive. Thus cost of production is higher. I may be stepping out on a limb with this theory. But, there has been a geographical preference for white eggs in the south, and brown eggs in the north. I think over the years, this is becoming less so.

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