One of the things I find is so interesting about having a small backyard flock of chickens is that you don't have to worry about strict conformity as to the outward appearance of each egg. Now, I'm purely referring here to color only. Of course it is important that eggs for human consumption be clean and that the shell maintains its integrity with no cracks or checks. We do our best to see that all of our eggs pass muster in the above areas, but we can afford some individuality as far as egg shell color.
In the commercial market, not only do eggs need to be clean and of good shell quality, but eggs also need to be of as uniform color as possible in addition to the grading standards of weight and interior quality the retail market demands. ...Read more