When shopping for eggs, you might notice that the brown eggs almost always cost more than the white ones. Some may think that one type of egg is better than the other, but the truth is they’re not very different at all. There is a difference between brown eggs and white eggs, but it’s not be all it’s cracked up to be. (Get it?)
What’s the difference between brown eggs and white eggs?
The difference is not in the egg itself but in the chicken. Simply said, chickens with white earlobes (and usually white feathers) will lay white eggs while chickens with red earlobes (and usually red feathers) will lay brown eggs. Besides that, there is absolutely no difference in the quality of the egg; they are exactly the same. A common myth is that brown eggs have harder shells, but this is not the case. The egg’s shell hardness has to do with the age of the chicken and not with its color: younger in age chickens lay eggs with harder shells. So why do brown eggs cost twice as much?
Why are brown eggs more expensive than white eggs?
Because brown eggs tend to cost more, people assume they are more nutritious and taste better, but that isn’t always the case. Brown eggs are more expensive because of the size of the hen that lays them. Red-feathered chickens tend to weigh more than white-feathered chickens. Because larger chickens require more food and land to remain healthy throughout production, higher production costs lead to more expensive products in the end when you’re shopping for eggs in the grocery store.
Some people also think that one color shell is harder than the other, or that there are different colored yolks. But in reality, these factors are due to the age and feed of the chicken. The coloring of shells or bird has nothing to do with these factors, so you should go with whichever eggs you prefer (and are in your price range).