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There isn't one. There are just people who don't know how to pronounce Leghorn. Do you say Boh Log Nah?
Is that why they chose the name of the cartoon character then? Because Leghorn follows neatly on from Fogurn?

You can hear them when you live by the coast: those giant urns, reverberating their noises to warn ships of the fog. They sound quite a lot like horns, but they can't be, given the obvious 'urn' in the pronunciation...

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Foghorn would like a word with you.
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There is also a popular backyard chicken breed originally from Marans, France which lays a very dark brown egg. This breed in the US is pronounced MARE-un. And the town in Maine, Calais? It's pronounced Callus.

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Old 03-22-2020, 01:45 AM
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Heck, there are chicken eggs with pinkish shades to their shells. (Cross breed blue layers with brown to get olive green layers. Cross those out again, and again, and ... )

Let's see what happens, imma try to attach a picture from a local chicken breeder who determined that plum purple layers were her special project.)https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...c4fefc1cad.jpg
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Current favorite breed is the Golden Comet. They lay brown shell eggs, start laying young, and during mild winters sometimes produce year round.
Actually, all breeds will lay year-round (though still at a slightly decreased rate in winter), if you provide them with supplemental artificial lighting.
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Actually, all breeds will lay year-round (though still at a slightly decreased rate in winter), if you provide them with supplemental artificial lighting.
Correct, however their lifespan will be negatively affected. We purposefully give our hens a break over winter and in exchange they live a few years longer.

In fact, the one negative wrt Golden Comet hens is that they tend to not live as long as other breeds.
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Eggs are routinely brown in the UK. White's not unheard of, but it's not at all common. Basically, an egg is a brown thing to me. I know white used to be marginally more available than that here, but not for decades. I think of white eggs as being a pretty exclusively North American thing...but last week I picked up a box of white eggs from a supermarket. They look so weird! Like...i don't know, like you met someone whose skin was coloured like the Simpsons'. Something you've seen thousands of times on TV, but freakish in real life.

They taste pretty unremarkable though. Just eggs.
In the 60s/70s most eggs were white, we considered brown special because it was rarer. We used to look in the boxes to see if we could find a brown one.

Because they were considered better, egg producers wanted to produce more - there were even boxes of eggs sold in different boxes because they were brown. Now they are nearly all brown.
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Correct, however their lifespan will be negatively affected. We purposefully give our hens a break over winter and in exchange they live a few years longer.

In fact, the one negative wrt Golden Comet hens is that they tend to not live as long as other breeds.
Yes, this. A home flock in a natural seasonal cycle will be productive for up to 5 years (but the hens will continue to lay sporadically for quite a bit longer), a hen whose body is fooled into thinking it is perpetual summer will lay itself into an early grave. Commercial hens are designed to be spent in one season. Most cost-effective. All your commercial eggs are from first season layers.
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The marvelous EB White wrote about this very subject fifty years ago.

Very much worth reading, as are all of his essays. The formatting is a bit off due to the digitization process but don't let that stop you.

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Great passage from the EB White essay!
"I suspect there is a more plausible explanation for the popularity of the white egg in America. I ascribe the whole business to a busy little female —the White Leghorn hen. She is nervous, she is flighty, she is the greatest egg‐machine on two legs, and it just happens that she lays a white egg. She's never too distracted to do her job. A Leghorn hen, if she were on her way to a fire, would pause long enough to lay an egg. This endears her to the poultrymen of America, who are out to produce the greatest number of eggs for the least money paid out for feed. Result: much of America, apart from New England, is. flooded with white eggs."

His article was written in 1971 but I found a 2018 website saying "The white Leghorn hen is a firm favorite of the industrial poultry concerns."


And here's a breed that lays green eggs:
https://morningchores.com/easter-egger-chickens/

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When I was a kid, back in the 50s, we got all our eggs from a local farmer. All his chickens were free-range with identical diet, and we always got a mix of brown and white eggs. There was no difference in taste.
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You gentlemen don't know your eggs.
>ahem< Gentlemen?

We do know our eggs. Given the same diet, there's no difference. If the eggs from your in-laws hens tasted better it's because they probably fed them a decent diet and no question they were fresh.

In a blind taste test you can't tell the difference.
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While signing in today someone had posed this very question. Their bottom line answer was there is no difference other than shell color. This is complete bullshit . The research department must have spent about 5 minutes researching this subject.
Since I wrote the original column, I take issue with this.

It was six minutes.
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I recall, when I was a kid, reading somewhere, possibly a Reader's Digest, about a wealthy man who complimented his cook for going to the trouble of always obtaining perfect brown eggs for his breakfast. In reality her lifelong efficiency trick had been to boil the eggs in the pot she used to make the coffee.

I'm sure she was African American but perhaps not. It seems it may be a Lebanese recipe.
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Chicken hobbyists have developed breeds that lay eggs that are all different colors, from chocolate brown to pure white and everything in between. Bringing in Auracana genetics, a South American breed which lays blue eggs, we now have olive, green, and blue-green egg layers readily available from hatcheries and feed stores for home flocks. They all taste the same if fed the same.
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Since I wrote the original column, I take issue with this.

It was six minutes.
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Since I wrote the original column, I take issue with this.

It was six minutes.
Well done. I think this debate is ova.
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Well done. I think this debate is ova.
Like shell it is!
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And let this be the eggs benediction.
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And let this be the eggs benediction.
Egg-zactly!

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Egg-zactly!
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Egg-zactly.
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