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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
What's the difference between white eggs and brown eggs, other than brown eggs seem to be cheaper?

post #2 of 14
Mostly the kind of chicken that laid them.
post #3 of 14
To expand a little on what Phatch said, nutritionally etc. there is no difference. I believe there is no noticable difference in taste either. When I was a kid, most eggs were brown and white ones cost more. Now it's the other way around and the public has a perception that brown eggs are "organic" or in some other way superior to white. I think they have eggs confused with bread.
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 

Can anyone tell me why eggs turn out brown and white?

I can't tell the difference other than the price. Must be some scientific stuff.:crazy:
post #5 of 14
It can be the breed (as explained earlier in the thread) or their feed.
post #6 of 14
I was always told it was the color of the chicken who laid them. Brown chicken= brown eggs. White chicken=white eggs. My husband's aunt has all brown chickens, and all they lay is brown eggs. I am not sure if this is true or not.
post #7 of 14
Slim, if brown eggs are still cheaper where you live, go for the brown.

But in most parts of the country it's the reverse. Brown eggs are more expensive.

Egg color---whether white, brown or mottles---has to do with the breed of chicken. The type of feed can affect the color of the yolks.
They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
post #8 of 14
It may be an illusion, but I find that brown eggs where I live normally (Boston area) seem to have a tougher membrane beneath the shell itself. Sometimes I'll crack an egg and get bits of shell falling but still not have penetrated this membrane. This drove me crazy until I noticed that brown eggs were more expensive anyway, so I begged my wife to stop buying them. Is that membrane again a breed thing, or a feed thing, or am I just hallucinating?
post #9 of 14
i know the feed affects the thickness of the shell. Don't know if it affects the membrane. Doubt it's just your imagination. Probably time somebody goes to Ask.com and looks it up.
post #10 of 14
From Ask.com:

"The color difference is due to the specific breed of hen, according to the Egg Nutrition Center. Hens with white feathers and white earlobes will lay white eggs, whereas hens with red feathers and matching-colored earlobes give us brown eggs."
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post #12 of 14
Brownish chickens lay brown eggs, white chickens lay white eggs. Worked on my cousin's farm in Lost Nation, IA every summer for years. Seen 'em laying eggs real time!

Many a bird's nest in the trees when I was growing up and climbed trees had blue eggs in the nest. I think they were robin's nests. We had a wren house, cute little birds, but never looked inside to see what color their eggs were. They were a bit skittish, but they returned every year to that bird house attached to the clothes pole. Then one summer, none showed up and we always wondered what happened, did the bird get et, or died of old age or ?

post #13 of 14
Doc, maybe cuz they were a bit skittish, then they got peered at too closely, the moved? Just a thought. Or mebbe a cat got 'em. Happens. If they are monogamous and one got eaten, the other wouldn't be back I am guessing.

 Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.
Robert A. Heinlein

 Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.
Robert A. Heinlein

post #14 of 14

Farm fresh eggs

This reminds me of when I worked at this one place. We used to have an old farm couple that would bring their eggs to me. I'd buy them (totally illegal) so everybody would have farm fresh eggs for awhile. Never could understand the reasoning for this. They could sell those same eggs to a wholesaler who could turn around and sell them to me, but they couldn't sell directly to me. Then they'd laugh because they'd spend the money I paid them on lunch. A small lesson on economics and how it works.
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