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Old 09-15-2006, 10:22 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Caine
Except the blue ones have chocolate candies inside!
I've got two blues. They're now for my omelette tomorrow!

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Old 09-15-2006, 10:23 PM   #12
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chocolate omelettes... um... lol...

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Old 09-17-2006, 04:12 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by VeraBlue
From my understanding, the colour of the shell is a direct response to the type of feed. The innards of the egg will be as you expect.
Actually - primarily the shell color is from the breed, although feed might make a minimal difference in intensity or shade ... but feed differences are most pronounced in the color of the yolk (from pale yellow to golden orange). And, the color of the shell is no indication of the color of yolk inside.

Trivia - I first heard this when I was a kid (I really always thought my uncle was pulling my leg - he had an egg farm) - but if you want to know what color eggs a hen will lay - check the color of her ears. I recently ran across the same information in CookWise by Shirley Corriher.
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Old 09-17-2006, 04:26 PM   #14
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Feed has no effect on the color of the shell whatsoever. The more natural the feed (ie: bugs, lizards, plants, etc) the deeper the color of the yolk. The color of the shell depends entirely on the breed of hen.

I raise Araucanas who lay shades of blue, green, pink, brown, and, occasionally, white eggs. I, also, raise Buff Orpingtons who lay various shades of brown - from very light, almost white, to deep, rich brown.

A way to tell if the egg is fresh, once you break it, see how high the white (yes, the white) of the egg stands up. It should not run much, except near the edges. The whites of my eggs stand higher than the yolks of store-bought eggs.
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Old 09-17-2006, 04:41 PM   #15
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Wow!! Naturally coloured eggs how cool is that?

I remember when I was around 4 or 5 years old being taken to the ' City' just before Easter and being totally blown away by Woolworths window display. There were a few hundred live chicks cheeping away on a very large bed of straw. But....they were pink, blue, green and all the colours inbetween!!! Now we know that these days there is NO WAY we are gonna see that again but it was so magical for a wee girl!
I have since found out the shell is injected with a food dye and did not harm the chicks. They all looked pretty happy to me!!

Sorry, nothing to do with eggs but we all know what came first right!!!

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Old 09-17-2006, 05:14 PM   #16
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They used to dye the chicks when I was a little girl, too, Lynan, but that's been outlawed a long time ago here in the States. I think it was more a problem of giving them to little kids for toys than the dye thing. You how how toddlers torture animals.

I had a dear friend, sort of an adopted mother, who had the prettiest, cleansest chickens I ever saw. Some of chickens were the special breeds that lay "Easter Eggs". The colors were quite pastel, but very pretty. All of her chickens laid double yolked eggs much of the time. That, I understand, is from the diet.
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Old 09-17-2006, 08:15 PM   #17
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Constance - it's an unfortunate fact that the practice of selling dyed chicks & ducklings has definitely NOT been outlawed in the U.S. While there may be individual states where it is not allowed, this cruel & unfortunate practice continues, apparently due to the morons who find this "cute & endearing" instead of barbaric & continue to purchase them.

The Ideal Poultry Breeding Farm in Cameron, Texas, is one such hatchery who continues this practice. They sell both dyed chicks & ducklings for Easter. How very very sad that the state of Texas allows this, but the humane society I corresponded with there said that there's nothing they can do outside of discouraging people from buying them. The dying (which in itself is supposedly nontoxic) is meant to encourage people to purchase these babies on "impulse", rather than researching exactly what it takes to keep them properly, & only adds to the after-Easter problem of dumped Easter gift pets (chicks, ducklings, & bunnies). This is an issue that I'm rather passionate about, & one can only hope that the consumer/public will wake up & put this practice out of business.

As far as naturally colored eggs are concerned, I raised Aracauna chickens for several years & they are definitely a hoot!! Very friendly & good layers of colorful eggs. As others have already posted, what chickens are fed has absolutely no bearing whatsoever on shell color. Shell color is indicative of the particular breed. The only bearing feed has on eggs is 1) depth of color of the eggyolk; 2) the thickness of the shell, depending on the amount of calcium in the birds' diet.
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Old 09-18-2006, 07:12 AM   #18
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Vera Blue, the color of the shell has to do with the breed of the hen, not the feed. The color of the yolk IS affected by the feed.

Hens with white earlobes lay white eggs--brown earlobes, colored eggs. (Who knew hens even had earlobes?)

I have multi-cultural hens--a carton of eggs from my house has all shades from almost white to almost chocolate.

edited to add: Sorry, didn't mean to repeat what the other posters said--didn't realize there were 2 pages. Duh.
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Old 09-18-2006, 06:47 PM   #19
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One of my girlfriends raises chickens and the color of the eggs depend on which chicken lays the egg.

She said that regardless of the color all the eggs are good for eating.

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