One of the fun things about keeping backyard chickens is the crazy egg sizes that they lay each and every day.
Before I had my own chooks, I had long forgotten that eggs are not the same size, shape, and colour as they are presented to you in the store bought egg carton. It is amazing how easily one can be fooled into thinking this way brought on by familiarity and the stringent grading of eggs by commercial egg producers. It they are too large, they get turned into other egg products like powdered eggs.
Such a waste.
After we established our flock, each day was a mystery as to what size and shape egg we would get from the chooks. To this day we still get some weird ones.
The classic backyard chicken trick is the double yolker. These eggs first appear as if they were laid by Emus, do to their massive size. They are usually laid by young hens that are a few months after point of lay, but I have seen well fed older hens lay the same in the first year of laying.
When I found this egg in the nesting box, from one of my new girls, I wondered if it was going to be a Double-yolker, the holy grail of backyard eggs!
So we made sure that we could capture it for prosperity, and cracked it open on a plate. Try getting one of these beauties in a store bought egg carton. Not on your nelly!
Then there is the size between breeds, and what the changes in laying behaviour when chooks get old.
Take these three for eggsample. Our matriarch hen, Bunty, laid an egg the other day. She is still top of the pecking order, and keeps all the other girls in line and she rarely lays these days. Bunty is about 6 years old, which is well past the laying age for a commercial bread.
I could tell it was her because she made such a fuss and noise after the monuments event that I thought that feral cats had gotten into Cluckingham Palace. Thankfully not, it was just the old chook having a good day.
So what weird and wacky variations have you experience with your backyard chicken eggs?