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Over- and Underachievers


Seems that when spring is near, the increased daylight hours spark something in chickens that gets them laying more. Some of the younger birds lay tiny eggs, and then they skip a day and lay a double-sized egg (usually with a double yolk). It takes a while to get it all sorted out and they start laying regular-sized eggs.

The people who own the free-range chickens where we get our eggs have a contented flock of hens. These chickens have the run of the yard and the family’s big black labrador retriever keeps an eye on them. The dog and the hens are good friends. She wouldn’t dream of harassing the chickens.

It’s a happy farmyard.

Some of the hens lay green eggs; others lay brown ones. At this time of year, the size difference in the eggs can be dramatic.

I’ve tried to arrange them so you can compare the sizes. One green egg and three brown ones are huge (I felt sorry for the hen’s bum). I put a normal-size egg next to the big ones for comparison, and then there is a small … very small … brown egg.

You may wonder what the speckled egg is all about. It is a quail egg – one that I’ve had for years and is blown out. Remember in the old days when we painted Easter eggs and put a pinhole in the top and the bottom of the egg? We blew on the one pinhole and the contents of the egg came pouring out of the other. Then the shell could be preserved without a rotting egg inside.

I put that quail egg beside the small chicken egg so you can see how tiny they are.

And that reminds me. I had a very special visitor yesterday. In my next blog I’ll tell you about it.

Author: wordsfromanneli

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31 thoughts on “Over- and Underachievers

  1. I agree, that must have hurt! My folks once had a hen house with Rhode Island Red chickens, instant breakfast! But getting the eggs meant getting your hands pecked and you may bleed a little. So, I would give the hen a gentle smack upside the head, no peck! 😂

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  2. I can’t wait until I have read about your visitor, perhaps a bear emerging early from its hibernation?

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  3. That’s a dramatic size difference! We get free-range local eggs too, Anneli, and the sizes and colors are fascinating. It’s always a surprise to see what’s inside the carton. And I remember making pinpricks in eggs for Easter. I have some of those eggs that my grandmother painted over 50 years ago! A fun post!

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  4. A lovely post, Anneli, and it resurrected my childhood memories of going out to the warm henhouse on a winter’s morning to collect the eggs for my mother. Her chickens were free-range as well.

    I’m looking forward to your next post!

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  5. I never imagined a quail egg would be so small. Can’t wait to hear about your visitor, Anneli!

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  6. An enjoyable way to shop for eggs. Interesting to see their different sizes and colours too.

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  7. Those are huge! With all your wild things, you don’t have chickens? Or did I read that wrong?

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  8. So cool incl co habitation of fowl and dog guardian!

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  9. That is fascinating! Animals can predict changes in nature and time better than humans.

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