Colorful Chicken Eggs: Which Breeds Lay What Color

Colorful chicken eggs seem to look so pretty when on display at the local farm stand. People seem drawn to the baskets of colorful eggs. But do you know which breeds lay which color eggs?

All chicken eggs actually start off as pure white shells believe it or not. But when they travel down the oviduct, a pigment is added to the egg. What color pigment is determined by which breed. If while traveling the egg rotates slowly, the egg becomes speckled. If the egg rotates quickly it becomes one solid color.

So how do you know what breeds to order in order to receive the color of your choice? Below are listed the different breeds and which colors they lay. Most hatcheries will tell you in their descriptions of each chicken breed which color those birds are expected to lay.

Some of the breeds below belong in more than one color category so they are listed wherever they are relevant.



Colorful Chicken Eggs By Color


Brown Eggs:

Colorful chicken eggs: brown eggs




  • Rhode Island Reds
  • Golden Comet
  • Jersey Giant
  • Plymouth Rock
  • Brahma
  • Chantecler
  • Dominique
  • Delaware
  • New Hampshire Red
  • Cochin
  • Buckeye
  • Java


Cream Eggs:

  • Faverole
  • Dorking
  • Easter Egger


Light Tan Eggs:

colorful chicken eggs: light tan




  • Buff Orpington
  • Wyandotte


White Eggs:

colorful chicken eggs: white eggs





  • Leghorn
  • Campine
  • Andalusian
  • Sicilian Buttercup
  • Hamburg
  • Polish
  • Minorca
  • Belgian D’uccle
  • Sablepoot
  • Catalana
  • Orloff
  • Lakenvelder
  • Sebright
  • Silkie
  • Spanish White Face


Pink Eggs:

colorful chicken eggs: pink eggs





  • Australorpes
  • Easter Eggers
  • Langshan
  • Plymouth Rock
  • Asil
  • Barred Rock
  • Light Sussex


Green Eggs:

  • Easter Eggers
  • Olive Eggers


Chocolate Brown Eggs:

Colorful chicken eggs: Chocolate eggs





  • Black Copper Marans
  • Blue Copper Marans
  • Barnvelder
  • Penedesenca


Speckled Eggs:

Colorful chicken eggs: speckled eggs




  • Cuckoo Marans
  • Welsummer


Blue Eggs:

  • Araucana
  • Cream Legbar
  • Ameracauna
  • Isbar
  • Cuckoo Legbar


Find out which breed of chicken lays which color and learn how colorful chicken eggs actually happen.






















Having colorful chicken eggs is a joy. By using the list above you can choose which chicken breeds to purchase in order to have the colors you wish to see.  Have fun and bring a rainbow of eggs in your home.

For more information on chickens see Raising Baby Chickens and Adult Chickens on Your Homestead

Also, check out Fascinating Egg Facts by the Chicken Chic!


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