Ask the EB Eggspert

We compile all the useful, interesting and downright curious questions we get and submit them to our team of "eggsperts". Here are the results. Feel free to contribute a question if you can't find the answer already here.

What is the difference between White Eggs and Brown Eggs?

The short answer is "none".  Generally speaking, hens with white feathers (such as White Leghorns) lay white eggs and hens with reddish brown feathers (such as Rhode Island Reds) lay brown eggs.  Shell color has little relationship to egg quality, flavor, nutritive value, cooking characteristics or shell strength.

The color of brown eggs is a natural pigment placed by the hen on the surface of the shell during the final stages of egg formation. From the inside, the shell appears white.  The outer shell color can vary from light to dark brown, depending on the breed of the hen and also on individual hen characteristics. 

Filed under Eggs, Products
Answered by Bart Slaugh, Ph.D.