We are consistently getting four to five eggs a day now. Our blue egg layers still haven’t started laying any eggs yet. Neither the black Australorp hen (Strider) and one Bantam (Benipe) have started showing signs of being ready to lay yet. One Bantam, Hope, laid her first egg today.
Check out these eggs we’ve found recently. First was this perfectly oval shaped egg that did not have a wide end or a narrow end. We’ve found two like this so far. I haven’t looked it up yet to see if it is okay to eat or if there is a nutritional problem going on with the hen. We have given these to the dog. I just assume any freak eggs we get are a result of brand new egg layers learning how their bodies are working and changing.
Then we found this massive egg.
This egg was huge! We’ve actually found two extra large eggs like this in the past week. Here is one mammoth egg next to large (but still normal) sized egg.
As you can see in the picture below, the eggs are still in differing sizes. Not sure who is laying the behemoth egg, but definitely has to be one of our red girls (Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, or Nebucadnezzar).
When we cracked open the Goliath egg, it wasn’t really much of a surprise to see that there were two yolks inside. Again, I have not researched it yet. I know it’s fine to eat double yolks. But I would love to find out if an egg with double yolks was incubated if it would hatch out twin chicks.
Here is a Bantam egg. As you can see, it’s tiny. Since our Bantam girls will always be about 1/3 the size of a regular chicken, they will always lay smaller eggs.
Here are some comparisons showing the size difference on the eggs.
Aside from the occasional misshapen egg or the double yolks, our girls are laying some beautiful eggs with strong shells and membranes. So far we have only pan cooked the eggs. I haven’t tried to make hard-boiled eggs yet, mainly because we haven’t had any to last long enough to try. We are eating them up quickly. I haven’t tried to make boiled eggs with freshly laid eggs. I hear it’s best to wait a week or two before attempting to boil a fresh egg.
I love the variations in the coloration on the eggs. The Bantam egg is a beige color, not white. I’m interested to see if her eggs will darken. And I’m most excited for when our blue egg layers, Charlotte and Marge, will start laying eggs.
It looks like I may need to clean the nesting boxes. Some of the eggs are getting dirty. If I have to wash an egg, we use it immediately afterwards. Otherwise, we are storing all our eggs on the countertop and not refrigerating them. For us, by the time an egg is 3 days old, we have used it, so they aren’t spending weeks on end on the counter. If we have any to last longer than a week I will probably refrigerate them at that point.
I’ve been saving egg recipes on Pinterest, but so far I have not had to come up with any crazy preserving plans or experiment with new recipes. With only 4 or 5 a day, we are doing a pretty good job of not keeping more than a dozen eggs at a time. We give the dog at least one egg a day, too. I think they are turning into one of his favorite snacks. I’m sure I’ll be singing a different tune when we start picking up 8-9 eggs a day though.
My youngest boy, the one who had the emotional issues the first time he ate eggs from our girls, is anxious to try pickled eggs. Since we grew cucumbers this year and made lots of pickles, he has developed a new love for pickled foods. Now he wants to try everything pickled.
We are getting a slow start on our homeschool, but we are learning our new daily routine. This will be our first year of homesteading, so figuring out how to do that on top of homeschool, chores, and life is a learning process. I’m planning to share about our homeschool later this week.
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