Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi Photo #28 eggs of many colors

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We gathered about 30 eggs this morning. We were surprised to see the green and blue hues in the mix. Why are Chicken Eggs Different Colors? [from wisegeek.com] Chicken eggs from various chicken breeds emerge in different shades because of pigments which are deposited as the eggs move through the hen's oviduct. The pigment depositions are determined by the chicken's genetics, with some breeds producing rich dark brown eggs, for example, while others lay snow white eggs. The eggs inside are essentially identical; there are no major flavor differences between chicken eggs from different birds, as the flavor is determined by the chicken's diet. There are three main colors for chicken eggs. Most eggs in the store come in white or shades of brown. It is also possible to find blue to green chicken eggs, which come from the Aracuana, a breed of chicken developed in Chile. Araucanas have also been crossed with other breeds to produce the Americauna, sometimes called the “Easter egg chi...

Technical Details

f/13
1/250 s
27 mm
200 ISO
1200x800px