The Farmer’s Easter Egg Hunt
While Easter egg hunts are a great time for the youngster’s this time of year, we know that there is almost as much color in the poultry world as there is in kids’ baskets on Easter morning! While it is most common to only find white and brown eggs at your local supermarket, at the farm you can find a myriad of different types of eggs. Today’s blog post focuses on some different types of eggs and what they look like!
Araucana Eggs: Well, this has to be one of the coolest egg types there is. Araucana hens lay the most beautiful blue-green eggs. Though not so easy to find in North America due to their Chilean origins, Araucana hens lay eggs that are growing more common at farmers’ markets (mostly due to their color). Blue eggs are nutritionally no different than traditional white and brown eggs, and their taste is not noticeably different.
Duck Eggs: From the name, it is easy to tell that duck eggs come from ducks! Ducks eggs may be just what you are looking for if you want a healthier, tastier alternative to store-bought chicken eggs. They have twice the nutritional value and more Omega 3 fatty acids. Also, duck eggs are an alkaline-producing food, which is said to help cancer patients since cancer cells have trouble staying strong in an alkaline environment. Ducks eggs range in color from blue, to brown to speckled. You never know what you will get!
Goose Eggs: Goose eggs are much larger than chicken eggs, this means a larger meal if you plan to have one for breakfast. The shell of a goose egg will be thicker and stronger than a chicken egg and the yolk is firmer. The shells on these eggs are mostly white.
Guinea Fowl Eggs: Guinea fowl eggs are quite nice to look at. They have an ivory shell with flecks on brown mixed in. The shells are much harder, so if you plan to eat them go ahead and give them a whack to open them up.
Turkey Eggs: Turkey eggs are large and brown, for the most part. Turkey eggs are less common here because they start laying later in life and produce about half the eggs of a chicken each year. These eggs are similar nutritionally to chicken eggs but richer in flavor.
Rhode Island Red Eggs: The state bird of Rhode Island, these hens lay brown eggs and A LOT of them. Rhode Island Reds can lay around 200 or more eggs per year. These eggs are commonly found on small farms due to the hardiness of their producers. They are perfect for the backyard farmer!
Ameraucana Eggs: Like the Araucana egg, Ameraucana eggs tend to be blue in color, but sometimes have green mixed in. Ameraucanas tend to lay about 250 eggs a year and start laying around five or six months old. This breed is thought to have originated in US, hence the name.
Barred Rock Eggs: These chickens are very hardy and are popular on small hobby farms. Barred Rock Eggs are a brownish-pink color and their producers live long lives, making them great dual-purpose chickens. These hens tend to produce about three eggs per week.
Easter Egger Eggs: With a fitting name for today’s topic, Easter Eggers also lay pale blue eggs that are extra large in size. The Easter Egger breed differs slightly from other chickens we are talking about here due to their ability to fly and the fact they are aren’t recognized by the American Poultry Association.
Marans Eggs: Marans eggs are large, chocolate brown beauties. Originating in France, the Marans breed is used for its eggs and its meat. These hens will lay about 150 eggs per year. The birds themselves are just as pretty as the eggs and come in nine different colors.
These are some of the egg types we found most interesting. Do you have a favorite of your own? Share the breed and your reason with us here!
Sources: Wikipedia and http://www.localharvest.com