Friday, July 5, 2013

Egg color determination

Did you ever wonder about what color eggs your chicken will lay? An easy way is to check the color of the ear lobe.

A white ear lobe will tell you that the chicken will lay a white egg.  One of the most popular breeds, the Leghorns are white egg layers.

Other white egg layers are: Anconas, Minorcas, Hamburgs, Egyptian Fayoumis, Andalusian, Lakenvelder, Buttercup, Sumatra, Campine

If you are interested in heritage chickens, these are on the American Livestock Breed Conservancy  list.

Anconas, Minorcas, Hamburgs,
Andalusian, Lakenvelder, Buttercup
Sumatra. Campine,

A red ear lobe is usually a sign that the chicken will lay brown eggs.
Some brown egg layers: Black Australorps, Brahmas, Cornish, Cochin, Giants, Orpingtons, New Hampshire, Rhode Island Reds, Plymouth Rocks, Dominique, Delaware, Sussex, Turkens, Wyandottes, Red Star, Black Star

 Australorp, Orpington, Plymouth Rock, Rhode Island Red (non-industrial), Sussex, Wyandotte, Cochin
New Hampshire, Brahmas, Cornish, Giants Dominique,


Then there are the chocolate egg layers. These eggs are a darker brown : Barnevelder, Penedesenca, Maran, Welsummer,
True blue layers: Araucana
Easter eggers, Ameraucana:  chickens that lay tinted colored eggs: blue, olive, pink

For more information on the genetics of egg color, go to:

For more information on heritage chickens go to:


  1. Hi! We got our Easter Egger babies from y'all in May (Mother's Day weekend). Just wanted to let you know that they have turned out to be BEAUTIFUL birds!!! We got our first egg 4 days ago and then another the next day. The eggs were the color of the one in the bottom left hand corner in your picture above. And double yoked! This was very exciting!!! Thank you for the wonderful Easter Eggers!

  2. That is wonderful! I know you will enjoy your chickens!