Over time, people have slowly developed the mindset that brown eggs are more desirable than white eggs when it comes to a healthier and more sustainable option. However, this is not always the case!

The color of an egg does not signify quality or nutrition. Egg color is solely based on the breed and genetics of the chicken laying the egg. Therefore, next time you are at the store, make sure to re-evaluate paying more money for a dozen of eggs based on their color alone.

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So why are brown eggs more expensive?
Red-feathered chickens that lay brown eggs are often larger in size than their white-feathered counterparts. Therefore, they often require more feed which is why brown eggs are typically more expensive on your store’s shelves1.

Prices more so have to do with how the chickens are raised; for example, if they are free-range or not.

What color eggs will your chickens lay?
If you are a new proud parent to a chicken, we have a quick and easy trick to figure out what color eggs you will find in your nests. Simply look at your chicken’s earlobe. Chickens with white earlobes will lay white eggs, chickens with dark lobes will lay brown eggs, and even chickens that have a pale green or blue earlobe will lay a matching egg!

If you’re still learning about what it takes to take care of and nurture your chickens, learn more about flock management on our website.

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1 Best Food Facts. What is the difference between white and brown eggs?