Story: Poultry industry

Coloured eggs

Coloured eggs

Although New Zealanders have a definite preference for brown-shelled eggs, there is no difference in nutritional value or taste compared with any other colour. Shell colour is genetically determined – the blue eggs were laid by South American Araucanas hens. Yolk colour is influenced by diet – feed containing grass or legumes such as clover or lucerne, which contain carotene, will produce brighter yellow yolks.

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Vanessa Wintle and Stacey Lepper, 'Poultry industry - Egg farming and production', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/17303/coloured-eggs (accessed 25 November 2020)

Story by Vanessa Wintle and Stacey Lepper, published 24 Nov 2008