OK, so you may feel cheated by the title.  You may even be saying, “Oh, no! Not more about the ‘Grandchickens’….” but bear with me because I want your opinion on something.

When we ordered chicks from Meyer Hatchery <> the catalog had divided the hens into Brown Egg Layers, White Egg Layers, and Colorful Egg Layers.  Being novices, we decided we would keep it simple and just get the assorted mix of the brown.  They were the most popular, most docile, and best producers.  I have to admit, it was tempting to go for the colorful eggs rather than the dull brown but we thought there would be time for that later.

 The egg basket you see above is full of today’s eggs.  They are brown, but each is a different hue or shade with a soft glossiness.  Now I know why paint finishes include one called “eggshell.” I wanted to better describe the colors, so I grabbed the hard-copy Roget’s Thesaurus that sits above my desk to find more descriptive words for “brown.” What I found was a list of approximately 100, many of which totally new to me.

Some of the more unusual were:

alesan, anthragallol, Argos brown, bister, bracken, bunny brown, dead leaf, fox, French nude, Havana brown, Italian earth, Mars brown, meadow lark, Merida, mummy, oriole, philamot, resorcin dark brown, Saint Benoit, tenne’, toast, Vandyke brown and a variety of “reddish browns” such as coptic, piccolopasso red and Tanagra.

So, when you look at the eggs pictured above how would you describe them? To me there are at least 3 different shades of brown.  Leave a comment.