We Have Green Chicken Eggs!

Hi Friends!

I have received so so so many messages asking me about my backyard chickens! Everyone wants to know about them and how hard it is to raise them…and if they can have them where they live! (p.s. I think I’ve started a new trend in the town we live in!)

When I first introduced our chickens to the World Wide Web (haha!) I answered several questions about what do you need to do to prepare for chickens, what breeds do we have, what are the city restrictions, etc. So definitely head to that post to learn more!

I have since created an Instagram account for them because they are so pretty and guess what??…everyone loves looking at cute animals!! So be sure to follow them at https://www.instagram.com/hobbyfarmchickens/

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Hobby Farm Chickens eating mealworms | Gathered In The Kitchen

We were inside the house this morning getting ready for school when we heard really loud clucking. So my son and I went running outside to see what was the matter…much to our surprise, there was no problem…it was just Tootsie’s first time laying an egg! (look at my sleepy baby! He literally had just woken up!)

Green Shelled Egg from Starlight Green Egger Chicken | Gathered In The Kitchen

Since then, our backyard flock has been thriving and the hens have started laying eggs…today actually was the first time for one of our girls!

Green Egg | Gathered In The Kitchen

In this photo below you can see 4 different egg colors. Each chicken lays their very own unique color and sized egg!

  1. Smaller brown = from Asian Black chicken
  2. Larger brown = from Smokey Pearl chicken
  3. Speckled tan/pink = from Starlight Green Egger chicken
  4. Green (looks blue) = from Starlight Green Egger chicken
Green Egg | Gathered In The Kitchen

Now all of our chickens have officially laid an egg! Yay!!! This is so exciting!

When I shared this photo with my family, I received a lot of questions … so I’ll answer those for you as well!

FAQs about Green Shelled Eggs

What color is the inside of a green shelled egg?

A green shelled egg has a yellow yolk and clear whites, just like a white or brown egg that you are familiar with. You cannot tell which egg yolk came from which egg. They all look alike.Fresh Egg Whites from backyard chickens | Gathered In The Kitchen

Do green eggs taste different?

No! Not at all. Green shelled eggs taste just the same as any colored egg. However, I will say, that our eggs, because our chickens are fairly free-range, eat an organic feed diet, lots of veggies and fruits, and are never refrigerated, do have a superb taste to them because they are extra fresh.
Cook them up your favorite way and eat!Two eggs in a skillet

Why is the shell green?

Certain breeds of chickens lay different colored eggs. In our case, the green egg is from Tootsie, our Starlight Green Egger. Oddly, Marshmallow, our other Starlight Green Egger, lays a very light tan, almost pink, shelled egg. (Marshmallow is the chicken in the background in this photo)Starlight Green Egger Chicken is a chicken breed that lays green shelled eggs | Gathered In The Kitchen

Do they lay an egg every single day?

No. Chickens do not lay an egg every single day. Each breed of chicken is different. Some lay more eggs, some lay less. All of our chickens will lay around 250-280 eggs per year.
Fun fact, chickens are born with all of the eggs that they will lay in their lifetime…just like female humans!

What determines what color egg the chicken will lay?

As mentioned above, the breed plays a big role in the color egg they will lay, but so does the color of their ear lobes. In fact, the color of their ear lobe will dictate the color of the egg they lay.The color of the chicken's ear lobe determines the color of the egg they lay | Gathered In The Kitchen

How do you know when an egg is still fresh and edible?

Learn how to test eggs before using them following my How To Check If Eggs Are Still Edible | Egg Float Test post!


  1. Where do you get your chickens?
    Friends of mine ordered some but they were mostly male.

    1. We bought ours at Tractor Supply – they pretty much guarantee that they are all female šŸ™‚

  2. Connie Keys says:

    Our son and family have 60 chickens and he sells the eggs. They have about 50 eggs a day. The chickens also lay blue, green, pink, white and all shades of brown eggs. They have 2 roosters and my grandchildren have been able to watch chicks hatch.

    1. Oh my gosh! That is so neat! I just came across a show on Hulu called “Bless This Mess”….episode 2 is about chickens – it’s hilarious! You should watch it! … they also have a LOT of chickens like your son!

  3. So interesting and your chickens are very pretty. I know nothing about them, but have always thought it would be fun to raise them. A lot of people in our neighborhood raised chickens, but about three years ago, a pair of eagles moved into town and one by one the chickens disappeared. Bummer…but I bet with a really strong enclosure we could keep them safe.

  4. I bought 3 leghorns and 4 smokey pearls from Tractor Supply last year.
    They’ve begun laying , but the Smokey Pearls are laying green eggs! Anyone else experience this?

    1. Hi Angie!

      Thanks for reaching out about your Smokey Pearl chickens laying green eggs!

      I have post that I shared on Instagram that I think may help you! …. look at the color of your chickens “ears”. What co.or are they? This color will dictate what color egg the chicken will lay…most likely! I do have a Green Egger that has green ears but she actually lays brown eggs. So it’s not a foolproof method, but it may solve some questions for you!

      Here’s my chicken’s IG account if you want to follow along šŸ™‚ https://www.instagram.com/hobbyfarmchickens/

      Have a great day!

  5. Kristy Hawkins says:

    Hey there, beautiful flock!! I love all of your chickens! I’m curious about the Starlight Green Egger as I also have one that just started laying. Did she start off laying almost white looking eggs? We have white leghorns that lay jumbo white eggs and when our Starlight (Stella) laid today it looks a shade off from the leghorns. I’m just hoping her bloom will get a bit darker! We love her either way though! We have a flock of 17, consisting of: 6 White Leghorns, a Silkie, Plymouth Barred Rock, Black Sex Link, Ameraucana, Rhode Island Red, Buff Orpington, Buff Brahma and 3 Midnight Majesty Marans (as well as Stella our Starlight). We’re still waiting on a few to lay but our egg crates are starting to look beautiful with all the colors! It will be complete once I get an Olive Egger lol I’m obsessed! I love my babies and spoil them royally!

    1. Hi Kristy!!! You sound like me!!! I love my chicks soooo much! They are seriously my favorite pet! Haha!!

      So…no, our Starlight Green Eggers did not lay almost white looking eggs. We had two SGE. One laid the creamy colored egg and the other laid green. You can see lots of photos of my girls and the color eggs they laid on my IG account here: https://www.instagram.com/hobbyfarmchickens/

      And here is a specific post to how to tell what color egg a chicken may lay! https://www.instagram.com/p/CjHFb-aNPwU/

      I want an Olive Egger also!!! …and an Easter Egger! We just got 2 Sapphire Gems, but they haven’t started laying yet.

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