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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/
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!)
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!
In this photo below you can see 4 different egg colors. Each chicken lays their very own unique color and sized egg!
- Smaller brown = from Asian Black chicken
- Larger brown = from Smokey Pearl chicken
- Speckled tan/pink = from Starlight Green Egger chicken
- Green (looks blue) = from Starlight Green Egger chicken
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
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.
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!
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)
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!
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.
Learn how to test eggs before using them following my How To Check If Eggs Are Still Edible | Egg Float Test post!