Best Types of Eggs and Chickens that Lay Colored Eggs
The best types of eggs are usually the eggs that come from your own flock of chickens. And it's fun to have different colored eggs.
When we had our three chickens, each one laid a different colored egg (white, brown, and green).
Did you know that there are chickens that can lay 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.
However, the best tasting types of eggs will come from chickens that have had access to bugs, worms, sunshine, and fresh greens.
Warning! Once you've tasted chicken eggs that have been raised on grass or pasture, you'll never be able to enjoy most of the eggs that you find at 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. Easter eggers 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
Salmon Faverolles Chickens - a rare Heritage breed of chicken that comes from France.
Faverolles are a dual purpose breed that has 5 toes and makes 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.
I've raised a few Faverolles from chicks at one farm and they are adorable!
Welsummer Chickens - are a 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 you'll know what their sex is right after they hatch.
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.
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.
They are also comfortable with free ranging, but can adapt to confined
Best Tasting Types of Eggs
Pastured Eggs - the best tasting types of eggs will come from chickens that were allowed to forage on nutrient dense pasture.
These chickens are able to eat insects, berries, worms, and green grass which produces much healthier eggs.
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
Pastured eggs will have egg yolks that are dark orange
in color. And the darker the egg yolk - the better they are for you!
It's important to note that most pastured chickens will be given supplemental chicken feed of some sort in addition to what they will eat on the
Make sure this feed is void of toxic chemicals, medications, etc. And I would also suggest that it be soy-free.
Fertile Eggs - a hen and rooster must mate prior to forming an egg in order for it to be a fertile egg. 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?
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 and are not incubated.
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.
The more orange the egg yolk - the more likely they are really free
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. 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. This type of diet totally goes against their true nature -
chickens are omnivores!
Eggs yolks will be more yellow in color - or anemic looking.
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
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.
several months if your eggs are stored in a cool area.
To wash or not to wash your chicken eggs?
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.
Or you can rinse your eggs in cool water, but you should probably eat them in the not so distant future.
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.
Some believe like me that keeping eggs in your refrigerator will start to degrade its enzymes and other nutrients.
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.
This is what I do to get the most nutrition from my eggs.
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