Brown eggs or white eggs? Cage Free, Free Range or whatever?

Eugene, Oregon
March 17, 2016 7:39pm CST
I read @Lucky15, Reine25's post about he eggs she purchased having an odd unpleasant taste. She thought it might have to do with the inoculations chickens are given where she lives. Someone else suggested the chickens' diet could be at fault. I eat two, sometimes three eggs a week and try to buy the best quality eggs I can afford. I don't like to think of the chickens huddled in crowded cages, never getting to move around, so look for cage-free. What about the color though? Those rich brown egg shells always look so good to me that I often end up buying them. Do they look or taste different inside? I'm not sure! What do you think? Brown or white eggs? Does it matter?
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@JudyEv (91945)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Mar 16
I don't think there is any difference but I don't have any trouble if people have a preference. I do like to see a nice golden yolk although if it is too bright it means they've been given additives to make it that way. Sometimes it seems you can't win.
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• Eugene, Oregon
18 Mar 16
That is good to know @JudyEv. I had not heard that before.
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@Morleyhunt (15372)
• Canada
18 Mar 16
As a chicken farmer, the diet of the chicken is what causes the yolks to be more or less yellow. Corn in the feed mix increases the yellow in the yolk.
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• United States
18 Mar 16
@Morleyhunt Thanks for the info.
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@celticeagle (113022)
• Boise, Idaho
18 Mar 16
When I was a child and living at my grandparent's we had quite a menagerie. Cats, dogs, and chickens. We had Red Island Reds(might be a little off on the name. It's only been about 50+ years) and Bantes. The Bante is a small chicken that lays a brown egg which is a bit smaller than a regular egg. There was something special about those eggs. Flavor, consistency, something. Never have seen any since.
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• Eugene, Oregon
18 Mar 16
Maybe Rhode Island Reds, they are wonderful chickens!
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@celticeagle (113022)
• Boise, Idaho
18 Mar 16
@JamesHxstatic ....Yes, that was it. Thanks. Good chickens and larger by far than the Bantes.
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@Platespinner (17586)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
18 Mar 16
Color doesn't matter, but what the chickens eat does. I've had brown, white and blue/green backyard eggs, and they are all tastier than the grocery store variety. Unfortunately there is a predator in the neighbourhood who decided that the chickens themselves were pretty tasty.
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• Eugene, Oregon
18 Mar 16
Oh, that is too bad! Do you know what kind of predator it was? I'm sure that those really "local" eggs taste best.
@Lucky15 (33763)
• Philippines
18 Mar 16
Aww. Poor chicken.
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@Lucky15 (33763)
• Philippines
18 Mar 16
I think...it is more how they are being "raised". Fed is included :) But those brown ones--free range chickenswe call native has brown eggs...richer yolk ;)
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• Eugene, Oregon
18 Mar 16
That is the way it seems to me too. I always like them better.
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@Lucky15 (33763)
• Philippines
18 Mar 16
@JamesHxstatic the taste is just different. Mech better for custard
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• United States
18 Mar 16
They do taste different to me. I am careful about which eggs I buy, since I am easily put off meats of any kind. I need protein and eggs are a great source.
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• Eugene, Oregon
18 Mar 16
In larger stores, the variety of eggs offered is remarkable.
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• United States
19 Mar 16
@JamesHxstatic Even at my small Trader Joe's there are about eight different kinds of eggs. I just get the boring old white ones in the gray containers.
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• Eugene, Oregon
19 Mar 16
@ElizabethWallace I got the great "happy chicken" brown ones we have right now there too.
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@DeborahDiane (15031)
• Laguna Woods, California
18 Mar 16
Brown eggs vs. white eggs doesn't matter to me. However, one of the French exchange students we had stay with us thought white eggs looked weird. She asked if they were chicken eggs. I thought that was interesting.
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• Eugene, Oregon
18 Mar 16
Hmmm, does that mean French eggs are all brown?
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• Laguna Woods, California
18 Mar 16
@JamesHxstatic - I wondered the same thing. This was back in 1990. We hosted another French exchange student, who was older, in 2000, and she didn't say anything about our white eggs. The girl who thought our eggs were strange was only 13 and came from rural France, so her exposure to other types of eggs may have been more limited.
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• Eugene, Oregon
18 Mar 16
@DeborahDiane That is an interesting contrast.
@Morleyhunt (15372)
• Canada
18 Mar 16
The colour of the egg has more to do with the breed of chicken than the quality of the egg. Having been involved in the poultry industry for many, many years, I learned that diet is very much a factor in the colour and taste of the yolk. A corn rich diet made for a very yellow yolk.
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• Eugene, Oregon
18 Mar 16
That is good to know too. Thank you!
@Shavkat (43801)
• Philippines
18 Mar 16
I like munching red eggs with shredded tomatoes.
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• Eugene, Oregon
18 Mar 16
That sounds good. Are the eggs boiled?
@gudheart (12807)
18 Mar 16
I am not sure to be honest but I always buy whatever my mother buys and that is white medium free range.
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• Eugene, Oregon
18 Mar 16
Sometimes Mom know best, but those large brown ones appeal to me somehow.
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@gudheart (12807)
18 Mar 16
@JamesHxstatic I wonder if they do taste much different.
@Inlemay (17276)
• South Africa
24 Feb
My dad only ate brown eggs . . .
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• Eugene, Oregon
25 Feb
I would prefer that to be my choice as well, though my reasons may be groundless.
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@jstory07 (56079)
• Roseburg, Oregon
13 May 16
I think the brown eggs are better.
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• Eugene, Oregon
13 May 16
Somehow, I do too, and i do like it if the chickens were happy too!
@OKennedy (1150)
• United States
18 Mar 16
It doesn't matter to me an eggs and egg as far as chicken eggs are concerned brown or white its the same.
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• Mumbai, India
18 Mar 16
In India, white eggs are very common but I have never seen brown eggs instead of in photos.
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@Tampa_girl7 (21001)
• United States
18 Mar 16
An egg is an egg to me
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