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Chicken Egg Shell Colors

Many myths exist about the color of an egg’s shell. As a general rule, hens with white earlobes lay eggs with white shells, and hens with red earlobes lay eggs with brown shells.  Of course there are some exceptions to this rule.  A common belief is that eggs with colored shells are more nutritious than those with white shells.  Some people think that brown eggs taste strong, and others think brown eggs are fresher.  It is what the chicken eats and how the chicken is cared for that affects the quality and flavor of the egg.  Chickens raised in cages off the ground, without having green grass or scratch grains, garden or table scraps, don’t produce the darker, rich, orange-colored yolk.  White-shell eggs produced by hens on pasture are more nutritious than eggs with colored shells laid by caged hens.  Whether or not you prefer white eggs, brown eggs, green eggs, or spotted eggs is a matter of personal preference.  Keep in mind, though, that the shell color actually has nothing to do with the egg’s nutritional value.


Storey’s Guide to Raising Poulty

The Chicken Encyclopedia


Submitted by Darlene Kollasch




Check out our website WELPHATCHERY.COM for great gifts.

Find some of my recommendations under Other Products

Books –

Country Living Encyclopedia – This book contains practical advice, invaluable information and collected wisdom for folks and farmers in the country, city and anywhere in between. Includes how to cultivate a garden, buy land, bake bread, raise farm animals, make sausage, can peaches, milk a goat, grow herbs, churn butter, catch a pig and cook on a wood stove. They have a very good section on chickens and other poultry.

Equipment –

Brooder Starter Kit

The Starter Kit has all of the items needed to start you baby poultry!
Enough for 25-35 chicks

Kit Includes: Heat Lamp, Red Infrared Bulb, Feeder, 2 – one quart waterers,  complete, Gro gel Supplement, Thermometer, Brooder Guard


Vitamins –

Super Broiler Vitamin- This specially formulated vitamin supplement was made with fast-growing Cornish Rock broilers and other fowl in mind. Because of their rapid growth and weight gain, these types of poultry have special nutritional needs. This supplement will help your birds reach your weight and efficiency goals. This product is safe to administer for as long as desired. 
It can be mixed with feed or water. One 16 oz. pack good for approximately 100 chicks. 



Shink Bags – These bags are an excellent option if you freeze your birds whole and they are BPA FREE. They hold up very well in the freezer. The bag prices include a zip tie for each bag and a piece of tubing with each order.

A few more suggestions are knives, egg cleaner, treats for chickens, and chicken shampoo to name a few.


            Hopefully this helps make your Christmas shopping easier.