Difference Between Brown and White Eggs

A protein-rich superfood has been a part of our diets in the form of breakfast, rice, cakes, pancakes and so many more varieties of food. EGG’S it is.


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Eggs come in two forms- brown and white.

Brown vs White Eggs

The difference between a brown and a white egg is that the hens with white feathers lay white eggs and the hens with brown features lay brown eggs.

Brown vs White Eggs

Eggs are good for the brain, hair, memory, cognition. Also both the eggs, brown and white are rich in protein, amino acid and an extremely good source of minerals, beta carotene.

To know more about the nutrition facts of eggs check out this link.

Did you know that eggs contain all the needed vitamins, except vitamin C?

Comparison Table Between Brown and White Eggs

Parameter Of ComparisonBrown EggsWhite Eggs
ShellHarderLess hard
YokeDark yellow or orangeLight yellow
CostExpensiveLess Expensive
SizeSmallerBigger than brown egg
WeightLess weightHeavier than brown egg
Raising spaceMostly native and home-basedCommercial breeding space
FeathersBrown, dark or red feathers.White feathers

What is Brown Egg?

Brown eggs are native eggs. We usually call them as desi or native breed of chicken.

The native eggs are smaller in size and cream color at the outer level. But native eggs are most brown too.

Usually, brown eggs are used for dietary consumption and rarely used for breeding again. They are also very nutritious.

But scientifically it is not proved that brown eggs are healthier than white eggs.

The brown egg has a pigment called ‘Protoporphyrin IX’.  This pigment is found out from ‘heme’.

Heme is a blood compound that ensures that the blood retains its red color.

The brown shell always has a white shell at the interior walls of the egg.

brown egg

What is White Egg?

Hybrid or boiler chicken lays white eggs. Furthermore, there are also two subtypes of white eggs that are in the market.

The first category is yet again used for breeding eggs.

On the other hand; the second category of eggs is not capable of further breeding.

The ones that are not further breeds are used for household consumption. White eggs are fuller, lighter in weight and cheaper for the pocket.

They have a bigger yoke in comparison to a brown egg.

white egg

Main Differences Between Brown and White Eggs

Raising Space

The brown hens are used for domestic purposes and raised with utmost care. They are nurtured in the farms or at homes.

The white hens are grown for addressing market demand and for commercial purposes. White eggs are also called as a hybrid in nature.

The raising space with regards to white hen usually is in breeding farms. Restaurants, food chains, bakeries, sweet vendors, all of them use white eggs are they are easily available, bigger in size and cheaper too.


The feather and ear lobes of brown hens are brown in color while the feathers and ear lobe of white hen are white in color.

The same is for their ear lobes. The ear lobes of brown hens are brown in color and the ear lobes of white hen are white in color.


The brown hens are usually home fed and take a longer time to grow in size and hence their eggs take a while to be seen in the market. They also need to be fed more food as they are larger in size as compared to white hens.

Well, on the contrary, the white hens are used for commercial purposes and hence are hybrid in nature.

They are mass-produced to cater to the needs of the confectionery market.


The shell of the brown eggs is usually harder than the white eggs but it has nothing to do with the color or breed of the egg. The shell of a younger hen is harder.

As the brown eggs take time to take to its readiness to be consumed, they are consumed as soon as the egg is ready.

Hence the shell of the brown egg is harder in comparison to white eggs. As the hen grows up the thickness of the outer shell reduces in both the color of eggs.


The yoke of the brown eggs looks richer in texture and color and often it is misunderstood that brown eggs are much healthier than white eggs. It is said that both brown and white eggs have the same nutrition value.

It’s just that the color is different.

The yoke looks richer in brown eggs just because their feathers are richer in viewing. Also, they are fed for a longer time.

So the diet of the brown hen also is a contribution. But it doesn’t mean that the egg yoke of brown egg wins a brownie point in its nutritive value.


The cost of a brown egg is higher as the brown eggs are larger in size, hence eat more. The cost of expenditure is higher on brown hens as compared to the white eggs that are grown through the help of technology.

Hence the cost is higher for brown eggs. Usually, the brown eggs are 40% at a higher-end as per cost ratio.

Size and weight

As the brown eggs are fed for a longer time and are heavier in size as compared to white eggs, the size of the brown eggs is bigger than white eggs.

Adding more, the same applies to the weight. The weight of the brown eggs is more in comparison to the hybrid grown white eggs which are lighter in weight and look fluffier too.

Difference Between Brown and White Eggs


  1. https://jfoodprotection.org/doi/pdf/10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-11-013
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