Brown Eggs vs White Eggs: What’s the Difference

‘Brown Eggs vs White Eggs: What’s the Difference?”

Dr. Rajesh Kumar Singh, (Livestock & poultry consultant) Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India, 9431309542, rajeshsinghvet@gmail.com


The only difference between brown and white eggs is the price. Both brown and white eggs have the same nutritional profile and are graded the using the same scale. So, why are some eggs brown and others white, and are brown eggs worth the extra money?

It’s All About the Chicken

You might assume that white eggs are laid by white-feathered chickens and brown eggs by brown-feathered ones, and you would be somewhat correct with that assumption. The color of the chicken does play a role, but it is the color of the earlobe that determines the shell color. White or light-colored lobes indicate white eggs and chickens with red lobes produce brown eggs.

More Expensive Does Not Mean Better

If you think that brown eggs taste better, it has nothing to do with the shell color and everything to with what the chicken are being fed. And because chickens with red lobes tend to be bigger, they eat more. This is the main reason that they are more expensive. In addition to the quantity of food the chicken eats, the quality is an important factor. The quality of the feed can impact the taste but if you give the same quality feed to both lobe colored chickens, the eggs will taste the same.

You would be correct to assume that there are more white eggs in the market than brown ones but that’s because breeding and raising white-feathered chickens is much cheaper. Since they aren’t fed as much as their brown counterparts. The reason brown eggs cost more is because they come from chickens that have a big appetite! And also, because they’re a bit bigger in size. These brown feathered chickens eat more and hence are expensive to keep. There is no real difference between brown and white eggs in terms of nutritional value. But these days brown eggs are associated with being organic which might make them seem a healthier choice. But if the chicken was fed regular food then the eggs wouldn’t be organic.”

Brown and white eggs taste different! Yes, they do. But that has nothing to do with quality or nutritional profile of the egg but more with the diet of the chicken that laid it. The chickens are fed a different kind of diet which impacts the quality and taste of the egg. So, if you were to feed a brown chicken and a white chicken the same kind of food, the difference in taste would go unnoticed. The color of the yolk in brown eggs is much darker, yes. But that’s because brown hens are fed a lot of corn at times.