The best types of eggs are fresh chicken eggs from your own backyard. When we had our three chickens, each one laid a different colored egg (white, brown, and green). However, there are also blue, pink, cream, and chocolate colored eggs.
Chickens that lay colored eggs can be a fun option for those who want eggs to look more exciting than the "normal" white color. And the best tasting types of eggs will come from chickens that have had access to bugs, worms, sunshine, and fresh greens.
Warning! Once you taste chicken eggs that have been raised by you, you'll never be able to enjoy the eggs that you buy at the grocery stores again!
Chickens that Lay Colored Eggs
Araucana Chickens - a rare chicken that seems to
originate from Chile. Araucanas lay only blue types of eggs and are a very unusual looking rumpless chicken.
The North American standard requires a true Araucana chicken to be missing their last vertebrae and a tail.
This rumpless gene will decrease their fertility, but this trait does help them to fly.
Ameraucana Chickens - developed in the 1970s by breeders that liked the blue egg gene of the Araucana, but wanted to make a few changes that resulted in a more functional bird.
The Ameraucana chicken has a tail, muffs, and a beard. It is
also larger in size than the Araucana chicken.
And Ameraucanas are considered good
egg layers that lay eggs in shades of blue.
Easter Egger Chickens - a mixed non-standard breed of chicken that lays blue, green, brown, cream, and rose colored eggs.
And you won't know what color egg your Easter Egger is going to lay until she lays the first one. These chickens come in many colors and are great egg layers.
This is the type of chicken you will most likely find at chicken hatcheries, They are often mistakenly called Araucana or Ameraucana chickens.
Cream Legbar Chickens - sought after rare British breed of chicken that's a very productive egg layer and lays beautiful sky blue eggs.
They are fun looking and easy to handle birds that love to forage. And they do well avoiding predators.
The great thing about this breed is that you can tell what sex they are when they hatch by their color.
Olive Egger Chickens - a dual purpose chicken that's a cross of two different colored egg laying breeds. A dark brown egg layer is breed with a blue egg layer.
And the types of eggs that an Olive Egger chicken can produce will depend on the depth of color of the dark brown egg laying chicken.
The darker their eggs, the deeper the olive egg color will be from the hen.
Chickens that Lay Chocolate and Pink Colored Eggs
Marans Chickens - a rare and dual purpose French breed of chicken. This chicken is known for laying extremely dark brown chocolate colored eggs.
They have a reputation for laying the best tasting types of eggs in the world.
Marans are a friendly breed that bears confinement well in the winter. They are a tough and disease resistant breed that does well in wetter climates.
Salmon Faverolles Chickens - a rare Heritage breed of chicken from France. Faverolles are a dual purpose breed that has 5 toes and make great pets because of their gentle nature.
They lay light cream to pink tinted eggs and are good egg layers even through the winter. They are also quite suitable for colder climates.
Welsummer Chickens - beautiful breed of chicken that originates from Holland. This dual purpose chicken lays deep reddish brown chocolate colored eggs that also come speckled.
This is a cold tolerant bird that also tolerates heat. They're friendly and bears confinement well. And know what their sex is right after they hatch.
Light Sussex Chickens - are a dual purpose breed originating from England. They are good egg layers and produce cream to pink tinted eggs.
They are an alert and calm breed that can adapt to any surroundings. And are comfortable with free ranging, but can also adapt to confined spaces.
Different Types of Eggs
Pastured Eggs - these types of eggs come from chickens that were actually raised on pastures with a coop to sleep in at night.
Pastured chickens spend their day roaming on open pastures. These chickens are able to eat insects, berries, worms, and green grass which produces much healthier eggs.
Pastured eggs will have egg yolks that are dark orange
in color. These types of eggs are much richer in nutrients like vitamins and minerals. These eggs will also have a better ratio of omega 3s to omega 6.
Pastured eggs are better for your health than most other types of eggs. However, it's important to note that all pastured chickens will be given supplemental chicken feed in addition to what they eat on the pasture.
Fertile Eggs - the hen and a rooster must mate prior to the formation of her egg for it to be fertile. Also, hens will be able to lay fertile eggs 7 to 10 days after mating.
Almost all commercial eggs are laid by hens that have not mated with a rooster and will be unfertilized eggs.
Fertilized eggs contain both the male and female genetic material, but there are no other detectable chemical differences.
If an egg is fertile, you'll see a distinctive and faint "bulls-eye" shape on the egg yolk. These eggs will never develop into chicks as long as the eggs are gathered regularly.
Free Range Eggs - these types of eggs come from chickens that are suppose to have access to the outdoors which is
very important to the nutrition of eggs.
Although, just because they have access to the outdoors doesn't necessarily mean
that these chickens were foraging on pastures.
You will be able to tell by the color of
their egg yolks whether they are truly free range or not. Typically, the more orange the egg yolk - the more likely they are really free range eggs.
Organic Eggs - organic eggs are from chickens that have
been feed a 100% organic diet and no animal by-products.
hormones are allowed in their diet. And antibiotics are only allowed when
there is proof of an infection or disease.
Also, organic chickens usually have some sort of access to the outdoors.
Cage Free Eggs - means that the hens that laid the eggs were not raised and confined to caged housing systems, which is how the majority of laying hens in the United States are raised.
Cage free chickens are usually kept in large hen houses often in very cramped conditions. And these chickens may or may not have access to outdoors or pastures.
Vegetarian Fed Eggs - these types of eggs are laid by hens that are only fed a vegetarian diet which goes against their true nature - chickens are omnivores. These hens are kept indoors and do not get to eat any type of grubs or worms. What a sad life and unhealthy eggs!
How to Store Your Backyard Chicken Eggs
To wash or not to wash your chicken eggs?
It has been said that washing chicken eggs will remove its natural barrier which is called the bloom.
The bloom helps to act as a barrier from the outside contaminants and
will help to keep your eggs fresher for a longer period of time, Actually for
several months if eggs are stored in a cool area.
If you want to clean your eggs, you can always remove the dirt, etc. with a dry paper towel or soft cloth to keep this barrier intact.
To refrigerate or not to refrigerate your chicken eggs?
Some people don't believe in refrigerating their
chicken eggs and will just leave them on a counter instead of
in the refrigerator.
Eggs should last a long time on your counter as long as the area is somewhat cool and eggs are not subjected to a lot of heat.
However, do whatever makes you feel the most comfortable as it will depend on your climate and individual circumstances as to whether you should refrigerate your eggs or not.