Though some swear that brown eggs taste better than white eggs, there is absolutely no difference in the make up of those eggs. They are produced the very same way and go through the very same process, with the exception that the egg in the last stages of development are tinted with a brown pigment. Up to that point a brown egg is white and in fact it is still white with a thin pigment layer. When you crack that egg open the inside shell is still white. With some breeds, you can scratch the brown pigment off and in fact when you collect those eggs, the hen's nails may have already left scratch marks on the surface of the shell.
If there is any difference in the look of the yolk or even in the flavor it's solely due to diet, not production. Some poultry farms may add Omega-3 to the diet or even certain herbal extracts then make the claims that the eggs are higher in Omega 3, but study after study has proven there simply is not a measurable difference, even though we see lots of claims that have no proof to back them up. Omega 3 is a natural component of any egg. Protein, essential vitamins, healthy fats and all other nutrients in an egg remain the same even though eggs may be graded from A, AA or B, the grading is only about the size, appearance and shape of those eggs, not about diet or about health nor is it about the type of chicken that has laid the eggs. We encourage you to research reputable websites such as your State Agriculture Universities, rather than random websites, blogs or forums. We find there is way too much erroneous information on line that leads people to believe fallacies and marketing ploys.
Heritage chickens, other than the White leghorn are the most common brown egg laying large fowl breeds. Rhode Island Red and Barred Plymouth Rock are probably the most widely know and sold in this country for backyard enthusiasts, however, Orpingtons, Wyandottes, New Hampshire Reds, Sussex, Delaware, Domonique, White Plymouth Rock, White Rhode Island Reds, Cochin, Brahma, Faverolles, Welsummer and many others, including hybrids and red and black sex links are brown egg layers. The color of brown varies by the breed, anywhere from a light beige to a dark brown and from medium to large eggs except for Bantams of these same breeds.
In addition to the common brown egg layers there are the less common such as the Jersey Giants, Marans, Langshan, Barnvelder, Naked Neck, Australorp, Dark Cornish and Buckeye, plus rare chicken breeds such as the Ayam Cemani, Swedish Flower Hen and Basque Hens that all lay a brown tinted egg.
Note: The breeds in Italics are breeds we raise. Refer to our breed profiles if you are interested in learning more about those breeds.
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