Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Our chickens began laying eggs a few weeks ago. We were getting one a day with some days missed. We have a dozen chickens with six being about two months younger than the other bunch. We've since been getting eggs daily but the number varies. We get anywhere from two to four. It's interesting to compare the sizes of the eggs too. The chicken(s) that have been laying longer than the others are putting out bigger eggs. It's easy to tell just by comparing sizes. That was until yesterday when we saw something that had all of us dropping our mouths opened with surprise....

It may be hard to see in this photo, but the egg to the far left fits in the palm of my hand. It's HUGE! The one is the middle is from a chicken who has been laying for at least a month. The one on the right is from a chicken who has just started laying. The egg on the left is so large it won't even fit in an egg carton & my cartons are for "large" eggs.

Here are some photos with a ruler to put it all in perspective....

Small egg - from new layer

Medium egg - from a chicken who has been laying for a few weeks

Super-sized egg!

It's always exciting (egg-citing?) to find an egg in the nesting box. The boys don't mind running up multiple times a day to check. We've lost a few to the cold but hubby managed to salvage them. We put the frozen ones in the freezer to keep them frozen. Then this weekend he hardboiled them & made egg salad. He said it wasn't fantastic egg salad but it was pretty good. I was just afraid the frozen eggs would explode while boiling but thankfully they didn't.

We are still really enjoying our chickens. They are a lot of fun. The most enjoyment I have is feeding them grapes. They are a riot to watch playing "keep away" with them.


  1. WOW! That IS huge. Thanks for the comparison.

  2. Very nice! It seems one of your chickens plans on being a record breaker! haha :o)

  3. Wow! That's some big egg...maybe she is part ostrich. Yes, very egg-citing(giggles).

    Have a wonderful Christmas!


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