Eggs. You eat them every day whether they’re scrambled or used in other foods. Eggs are one of the most consumed food items in the world, an average person eats about 279 eggs per year. That’s almost an egg a day! Yet most people never think about the process of chickens laying eggs and how complicated the process is. It’s so easy to overlook such an important aspect of our lives.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss the process of chickens laying eggs and more frequently asked questions so you can be well informed about the laying process and be more aware of what you put in your body!
Chickens Laying Eggs Process
The simple answer… no. Your hen does not need a rooster to make and produce eggs. Depending on how you plan to use your chickens, the benefit of a rooster is purely circumstantial. If you just need eggs to eat, you won’t need roosters. They have nothing to do with the egg laying process.
If you plan on breeding chicken, then a rooster is necessary.
What Chickens Lay Different Colored Eggs?
The average person is used to just two different types of eggs… brown and white. But did you know that there are different breeds of chicken that can lay blue and green eggs? Yes, we’re not just making that up. Egg color is determined by the genetics of the hens. For example, the Ameraucana breed can produce blue eggs and the Olive Egger can lay green eggs.
Although all eggs start white in color, the genetics of these different breeds affects the shell of the eggs as it moves down the oviduct. Other than looks, there are no major differences between other breeds of chicken. Once you crack those eggs, and scramble them on a pan, they all taste and look the same. There is no such thing as an egg that is more “natural” than the other.
Breeds of Chicken
As we’ve discussed, there are dozens of different chicken breeds. Although all eggs come out equal… not every breed is the same. There are chickens that are bred for different purposes. This means that some chickens are able to produce more eggs than others, being more efficient. We’ve compiled a shortlist that describes some breeds of chicken so you can equip yourself with the knowledge that is necessary for keeping chickens.
To learn more about breeds, check out our other blog posts on the most efficient breeds and the friendliest breeds of chickens!