Do you remember the first time you saw eggs in a color other than white? For those who grew up on a farm with chickens, chances are you may not recall a day when you didn't see multicolored eggs. Others, however, may not have known egg color variations to exist until later in life.
I fall into the latter category. When I was 8 years old, I spent the night with a friend who lived in the country. Her family raised chickens and for breakfast the following morning, we cracked big, brown eggs. I can remember the sight of those unique-to-me eggs and how great they tasted in comparison to white grocery store eggs. That breakfast was the point of no return for me, playing a big role in who I am and what I want from my chickens to this day. On down the road, I discovered even more color variations amongst eggs. In addition to brown and white were green and blue! It was love at first sight for me, as I love all things vibrant and want no part of anything normal or bland. To have colorful eggs, however, an assortment of chickens is necessary.
If white eggs are what you desire, a good way to acquire them is with Leghorns, which themselves come in many varieties. Most common is the White Leghorn, but they also come in the form of Brown, Black, Mile Fleur (multi-colored), and Exchequer (white with black spots). Other layers of white eggs include California Whites and California Grays, Anconcas, Golden Campines, and Black Minorcas just to name a few.
Should varying hues of brown be more your style, you can acquire eggs that vary from cream colored to dark brown from severeal different birds. These include but are not limited to Rhode Island Reds, Welsummers, New Hampshires, Marans, Black Australorps, Silver Laced Wyandottes, Dominiques, and Barred Rocks.
Eggs that appear blue and green are more varying shades of blue than two separate colors. These are most commonly laid by the appropriately named Easter Egger. Although Easter Eggers are widely dubbed the mutts of the chicken world due to not being recognized as an actual breed, they are layers of hued eggs. The drawback is that you never know what color eggs you might get from them. Eggs are usually greenish in color but could be blue, light brown, or several other color variations. Easter Eggers are not to be confused with Olive Eggers which lay eggs of a blue/green hue diluted by brown. For true blue egg layers, consider Ameraucanas, Araucanas, and Cream Legbars. For an egg that takes on a greenish tint (sometimes speckled), try an Isbar.
The same hen can be counted on to lay eggs of the same color throughout her life. Although the shade will at times be darker or lighter the base color will always remain the same. While colored eggs are pretty to look at, that is about the only thing they have to offer. Across the board, the composition of eggs is the same. Color does not affect taste or nutritional values. Eggs of color are purely for entertainment value. If you want to be entertained by colorful eggs, purchasing chickens that are known for their chromatic eggs is sure to do it for you!