Types of Chicken Eggs

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Watch a naturalist from the Massachusetts Audubon Society's Drumlin Farm provide information about various kinds of chicken eggs in this free online video.

Part of the Video Series: Understanding Chickens & Eggs
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Okay, so different types of eggs. There is really no difference on the inside of the egg. The only difference is the shell color. The difference on the inside of the egg is based on things like diet and the way the chickens are raised. The egg shell color has no impact on what is inside the egg. Most of our eggs in this country are white eggs. Just very basic. The other common egg you might find in the store is a brown egg. People tend to think brown eggs are better because they are fresher but that is not necessarily true. You cannot depend on the color of the egg shell to tell you anything about what is inside the egg. The unusual eggs are the green eggs which are laid by the Araucana breeds or cross breeds. Americana's Easter egg laying chickens are often given many different names. And the way to tell from a chicken's point of view is if they have a colored ear lobe, this is a ear lobe right here. Her ear is right under these tiny little feathers. If she has a colored ear lobe, she will lay a colored egg and that would be brown in most cases or in the case of an Araucana breed, green. Now if this little area right here were white, she would be a white egg laying bird no matter if she has colored feathers or not. The colors of the feathers are not the important part. It is only the color of her ear lobe. And again remember the egg shell has nothing to do with the quality of the egg. It is the insides that are the quality of the egg. The egg shells have nothing to do with that.

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