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
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:
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