What Color Eggs Will My Chickens Lay?
Chickens lay all sorts of different egg colors depending on the breed.
As you can see from the picture above (our beautiful rainbow of eggs) that chickens lay more than just simply white or brown eggs like you find in the grocery store. Chickens lay eggs in so many colors and variations of a color, from white, tan, pink, light brown, brown, dark brown, chocolate brown, to green, blue and lavender.
The color eggs your chickens lay will depend on their breed. One little trick to use as a way to tell (though there are some exceptions to the rule) is by the chicken earlobes. Not all chickens have the same color earlobe as the eggs that they lay, this is just a general idea. For example- our Easter Eggers lay green eggs, they do not have green earlobes.
However, this white leghorn hen (yes, hen, they get a large straight comb like a rooster) has white earlobes and lays white eggs.
9 times out of 10 any breed of hen that lays white or a variation of brown eggs will have the same color earlobes as their eggs they lay.
Common Breeds & Colors Chickens Lay
Brown Leghorn- white
Rhode Island Red- brown
Buff Orpington- tan
Silkie Bantam- small light tan
Black Copper Marans- dark brown to chocolate brown
Easter Egger- green (can be white, brown, pink or blue)
Barred Rock- tan
For other breeds, in order to know what color eggs the chickens lay doing research is key. Places like hatcheries who specifically categorize their breeds into color of egg layer can be very helpful. Also a simple search will tell you what color egg. Of course you can also comment here and ask us, we will tell you!