Backyard Chickens: Red Ears, Brown Eggs

What’s the difference between brown and white eggs?

Nothing, really, except their color.

According to The Chicken Whisperer’s Guide to Keeping Chickens, you can tell the color of egg a hen will lay (usually) by the color of her earlobes, the fleshy part under her ear feathers. White-earlobed hens will usually lay white eggs, and red-earlobed hens will usually lay brown eggs. All of our chickens hatched from brown eggs.

Edited: So far, it looks like the chicken whisperer is right. Both of our girls are laying brown eggs. They look a little different–Bucky’s eggs are larger, so we can always tell who left us a treat in the nesting box.

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