Common Farm Fresh Egg Misconceptions!

Updated: May 8, 2019

Here are some of the most common things I hear when talking to people about chickens and eggs:


1. Does the color of the shell indicate the nutrition value?

2. Do all farm fresh eggs have baby chickens in them?

3. Are brown eggs are more healthy for you?

4. Are fertilized eggs are bad for you to eat?

5. Do you need to have a rooster for a hen to lay eggs?

6. Is blood in eggs an undeveloped baby chick?

7. Will all fertilized eggs will turn into baby chicks?

8. You can tell if an egg is fertilized by the way it looks.

9. Grocery store eggs are healthier and safer.

10. Cage free eggs in the store are the same as cage free on a farm.

11. All farm eggs are the same.

12. The grocery store eggs have more Omega 3's than farm eggs.

13. A chicken's earlobes will indicate the color of eggs it lays.



Q: Does the color of the shell indicate the nutrition value?

A: Different breeds lay different colored eggs, from olive, blue, mint, creams to dark reds. The shells are only indicative of the breed that laid them; with no influence on nutritional value.


Q: Do all farm fresh eggs have baby chickens in them?

A: If you find a baby chicken in your egg, find a new farmer! This is unacceptable and uncommon for professionals like us. We say it's impossible since we collect eggs daily!


Q: Are brown eggs are more healthy for you?

A: Color of an egg has nothing to do with nutrition, however, the quality of the shell will let you know how much calcium the producing hen has! If they're thin, the hen needs more calcium.


Q: Are fertilized eggs are bad for you to eat?

A: A fertilized egg offers no difference in nutrition than a non-fertilized egg at all.


Q: Do you need to have a rooster for a hen to lay eggs?

A: A hen doesn't need a rooster to lay eggs. Eggs are a part of a hen's 21 day reproductive cycle.


Q: Is blood in eggs an undeveloped baby chick?

A: Blood and tidbits are break aways from the oviduct during the eggs assembly, and are accidentally encapsulated by the shell. Blood is not a baby chick, just pick out the bits and carry on :)


Q: Will all fertilized eggs will turn into baby chicks?

A: Even fertilized eggs won't turn into baby chicks unless they're under the perfect conditions: 99 - 102 Degrees Fahrenheit, and 50 - 60 % humidity constant for 48 hours to begin development.


Q: You can tell if an egg is fertilized by the way it looks.

A: You can tell if an egg is fertilized by cracking it open. A fertilized egg will have a white bulls-eye in the yolk around a white dot. Or, you can look for movement and blood vessels by candling the egg if it's been under the correct conditions after a few days.


Q: Grocery store eggs are healthier and safer.

A: Store bought eggs come from large commercial processing facilities. These facilities commonly have bacterial outbreaks that affect the eggs you bring home to your family. They also are NOT the same, even if they are labeled as "cage free" or even "free range." Click HERE to read our blog about store bought eggs.


Q: Cage free eggs in the store are the same as cage free on a farm.

A: They are NOT the same, even if they are labeled as "cage free" or even "free range." Click HERE to read our blog about store bought eggs.


Q: All farm eggs are the same.

A: Not all farm eggs are created equal. Some people don't allow their birds to free range, or even be out of a cage. Seek out your farmers carefully and have your questions ready before you purchase animals or eggs. Or, just buy from O'Brien Farm <3


Q: The grocery store eggs have more Omega 3's than farm eggs.

A: More Omega's can be found in a natural, varied diet than any found in store-bought eggs. They mislead you on purpose to make a high dollar sale!


Q: A chicken's earlobes will indicate the color of eggs it lays.

A: A chicken can have any color earlobes, feet, or combs and are not indicative of egg colors produced. I had to add this one per an article I read in Joanna Gaines' magazine, Magnolia. It read that if a chicken has colored earlobes other than pink or white, that it's a mixed breed. Little does that writer know that SILKIES indeed have blue earlobes, but lays a small cream colored egg!

I hope these questions give you a little more insight into the wide world of eggs!


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