First Egg

Saturday morning when we were letting the chickens out of their coop for the morning, I noticed one acting strangely. One of them was sitting in a nest box (not unusual since some of them still insist on roosting there for the night) looking down at the bottom of the nestbox. I went inside to look--it was looking at an egg. Our first egg! Amazingly, for such a young chicken, it had an intact shell. Actually, the shell felt rather thick, and the egg was an even oval shape, not tapered at one end like the ones you get in the grocery store.

Our chickens' first egg (laid by one of the White Rocks)

I stuck it in the fridge, intending to crack it open to take a look at it later in the week.

Our egg is on the right, a grocery store egg (also brown) is on the left.

Then, later in the day, we found this in the garage.

Egg that we found on the floor of the garage.

It looks like it splattered, but actually the white part was soft like gelatin. It does look like this one definitely had a small yolk, though---I spotted a yellow bit of the liquid (I'm sure there's a name for that). So thats more of what we expected for a first egg :-)


    On August 4, 2009 at 5:55 AM Anonymous said...

    Interesting on how different your own egg was from commercial eggs in shape. Wonder why that is? I hope you get many more eggs and can enjoy them.


    Livinginalocalzone: Different chicken breeds can lay somewhat (within reason) different shaped eggs. In this case, ours are still very young to lay--they're figuring out how to perfect the process. :-) Since they're still pullets (immature females), we can expect probably about a month of irregularly shaped, and possibly malformed eggs. Their bodies just aren't used to laying yet!

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