Why does the color of the eggs change depending on the country?

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Why does the color of the eggs change depending on the country?


When you bake a good chocolate cake or an omelet with fresh herbs, you throw in lots of eggshells. Most often, they are light brown. But this week, due to lack of stock, you have changed the brand of eggs and there it is, it’s a surprise: these eggs have a white shell! Why has the shell color changed?





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In France, the most common eggs are beige. But if you fly to Germany or Chile, the eggs are mostly white and may even be blue. Rest assured, it doesn’t change the taste or the quality of the eggs. But why does the color of the eggs change depending on the country?

The color of the eggshell simply depends on the color of the hen, or rather its plumage. Typically, a brown hen will lay a brown egg while a hen with white feathers will lay white eggs. It seems logical. And the link with the countries in all this?

Beige shells: the rule or the exception?

We are often surprised when we discover white eggs in the freshly purchased box. Yet little is known, but the majority of eggs in the world are white. This comes from the fact that in France, the majority breed of laying hens is brown, while laying hens tend to be white in the United States, Germany or Italy, for example.

As you can see, the colors can go from white to dark brown, passing through beige and even blue with the Araucana breed. What if we mix the breeds of chickens? It gives us beautiful shades of color. Too bad you have to break these works of art to make omelettes.

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