• Hi Jodie! How are you? To clarify, shell color is simply determined by breed of bird. Some chickens are able to free range in a very large protected area. They sleep protected at night in their secure coops. Are fed a 100% vegetarian diet. Full of grass, fruit, vegetables and grains, and alfalfa. Their diet is packed with protein. They are good sources of Omega 3's.
  • Shells have nothing to do with what or how the chicken eats. It is the breed of the bird. There is a breed called an araconda that lays pale pastel eggs. Look at the color of the yolk for good feed. If it is a rich dark gold color, stands up nice and high, compact, and if the whites are tight and not runny, then you have a healthy egg from healthy chickens. Runny whites and flat yolks can also indicate eggs that have been in cold storage for a long time.
  • No. There is a variable range upon which all eggs sit within in regard to nutrients. The external colour of the egg makes no difference to the internal nutrients (I have read this a number of times in food nutrition publications and also learned this at Univeristy).
  • Contrary to a widely believed nutrition myth, eggshell color can vary but it has nothing to do with the quality, flavor, nutritive value, cooking characteristics or shell thickness of an egg. The eggshell color only depends upon the breed of the hen. According to the Egg Nutrition Council, "white shelled eggs are produced by hens with white feathers and white ear lobes and brown shelled eggs are produced by hens with red feathers and red ear lobes. There is no difference in taste or nutrition content between white and brown colored eggs".
  • Apparently there is no nutritional difference between brown and white eggs. I like brown eggs because I think they taste better. But I think Red Smarties taste better too and I am told there is no difference. :)
  • I don't think it's the colour of the shell that makes the difference. I think that the free-range part is the nutritionally better choice.
  • I prefer free-range eggs, to me they are more flavorful and have a richer taste. Generally a healthy hen will produce healthier eggs.
  • Nope, the only difference between the brown eggs and the white eggs is the color of the chicken from whence they came. I have a friend who has a few chickens though, so I always have fresh brown eggs. Evidently the ones you get in the store have been out of the chicken for as much as 3 months before they get to the store...the ones I get are never more than a week THOSE taste better!
  • While we are on the subject, did you know..... According to a study by the animal behaviourist Jeff Downing, of Sydney University, it isn’t battery cages that leave chickens feeling stressed but the wide open spaces of free-range farms. Dr Downing studied levels of the hormone corticosterone, released when an animal is in a stressful situation, in both battery and free-range birds and concluded that, contrary to popular opinion, the former are no less happy than the latter. He also observed that hens bred indoors, away from the threat of predators, do not become startled like outdoor hens every time a shadow falls upon them.
  • I grew up with chickens. It varies on the breed of chicken you may have. Rhode Island Reds lay brown eggs. They are just as nutritious as White eggs.

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