Fun Facts About Eggs

| 4/25/2016 9:53:00 AM

Tags: eggs, raising livestock, poultry, roosters, recipes, Kirsten Lie Nielsen, Maine,

Eggs are a pretty incredible food, and one of the easiest to produce in your own backyard. All you need are a few hens and, with appropriate space and care, you’ll be collecting them in no time. Why are eggs such a great food? And what can you do with them when your hens are producing more than you can eat? Here are a few fun facts on eggs for poultry farmers everywhere.


Why are eggs different colors?

Eggs come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. There are a lot more options than the simple white or brown you see on grocery store shelves. Breeds like Marans lay dark chocolate-colored eggs, Ameraucanas lay blue eggs, Olive Eggers produce deep green ones, and there are any number of specklings and shadings within each color variety.

How do your hens do this? Egg shells are produced over a period of about 20 hours, and as they travel through your chicken’s oviduct certain pigments are released. For example, Ameraucana’s produce a pigment called oocyanin, while brown egg layers produce more protoporhyrin. There is no known reason why different breeds produce different pigments, but because this process takes place at the very end of egg production and only tints the outside of the shell, there is no taste difference between the different shades of eggs.

You can somewhat tell what color eggs a chicken will lay by the color of their earlobes. White earlobes indicate a white egg layer, while red lobed hens will lay brown, blue, green, or chocolate eggs. Chicken’s Easter bunny like laying abilities make them great starting animals for kids, who will love collecting rainbows from the nesting boxes.


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DO YOU THINK YOU KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT EGG? When you think you do, you should think again. Eggs have facts that are only known for a few. The egg rate was never a problem in any market. Instead, the egg prices may go up or down, but the healthy facts it brings, stays the same. An egg rate can tell how much of the eating population are served well. See 5 of the facts every food-eating human should learn:

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