Thursday, September 2, 2010

One Amazing Hen...

When I got my first two hens (well, the first THIS time...) the lady told me that one of them will occasionally lay a double-yolk egg, so I wouldn't be surprised or worried when one showed up... she didn't know WHICH hen, as of course they lay the eggs inside the coop in the nesting boxes... so I don't know which hen either.

Weeks went by and we got eggs, usually one a day, sometimes 2, sometimes they would skip a day... both laying brown, but one several shades lighter than the other.

Hilary didn't say anything but the first time I gathered eggs upon our return from Michigan and went to put them in the egg carton, I saw THIS:

Of course I was without camera then so I saved that monster egg until I got a new camera! It is clear to me that the double-yolk egg-layer is definitely the one laying the lighter brown eggs... however I STILL don't know WHICH hen it is...

A closeup to compare...


So last Friday I had myself a one-egg breakfast... after I cracked the egg into the bowl to take this picture, I thought "Duh! Should have taken a video to PROVE that both yolks came from the same egg!" Great thought BUT I was the only one up and you can't run a video and crack an egg at the same time with only two hands {sigh}.


I just kept thinking to myself, this explains to me why people get *that look* on their faces when I share that my second daughter weighed in at TEN POUNDS FIVE OUNCES at birth... yeah, that hurt! And I think my hen must have felt the same way!!!


Uploading the above pictures I realized I never blogged the other end of the spectrum... before the pint-sized chicken died of heat stroke, she was quite productive - hers are on the right, smaller and lighter...


Again a close-up to compare


One thing I can say is no matter the size, fresh all-natural eggs sure are good!!!

2 comments:

Mrs Mom said...

THAT is a mondo freaking egg!! And yep-- eggs from your own chickens taste sooo much better ;) (Err... wellll.. I get eggs from clients.. and they do taste awesome!)


Hey! A "Ten Pounder" Club Member too!! Cub was a 10# 11 oz arrival by C-section cause he got STUCK and could not turn around to get OUT. Not fun, but he sure is a blast now! ;)

PaintedPromise said...

well 10 lbs 11 oz would beat me EXCCEPT you did a C-section... and i did not! yup Lindsey was born the "regular" way!!!!