Monday, July 21, 2008
Working out the kinks
It's entirely possible that I've beaten the egg subject to death, however, at the risk of being tedious, allow me this one final post on the neophytic laying results of my young hens...
In other words, I have had some BIZARRE eggs these last few days and all of them deserve mention.
The rubber eggs continue to perplex yet entertain:
Two more were delivered over the weekend. This one was laid nicely in one of the nest boxes. I reached in for it, expecting something solid, and got this instead:
The one below was dropped in the dirt -literally- as the hens were running back to the coop...one second the stair was bare, the next:
Of course, they're fascinating to look at and touch, but nobody here wanted to eat them:
Dissection was mandatory. Despite all outward appearances, they seem to be completely normal eggs on the inside:
Still, nobody wanted to eat them:
The next egg oddity to appear is the egg that dropped ("plop") next to me as I was kneeling down chicken poop-scooping in the coop. There was that moment, upon seeing it, that I thought someone was playing a joke on me.
It is so small.....:
You know your next line, right? ---> "How small is it?!":
It is so small, that next to MONDO-egg from a few days earlier, it doesn't look real:
It is so small, it's about the same size as a Bing cherry:
From left to right: MONDO-egg, 1st egg laid, mini-egg, a quarter:
Can you find the mini egg?:
It is way smaller than an apple:
Have you ever measured eggs by the teaspoon?:
It would make a great gag addition to a game of marbles:
It is so small, it's barely bigger than a blueberry I picked on Saturday morning:
I'm having too much fun with this, aren't I...:
It is so small, it fits perfectly between Bob's sharp teeth (you didn't know about Bob, did you? There's a story behind *this* guy):
I kind of want to make mini-egg a little matchbox bed:
Mini-egg is ridiculously small next to the cute, little, unhappy dog sitting on my kitchen counter:
Ok. Enough of that one.
Final egg oddity...this one. Its shell is the palest I've found yet, scratchy on the outside like sandpaper, with odd lines protruding across the curvature of the shell:
For color comparison, scratchy pale egg is on the far right-hand side, bottom row, next to mini-egg:
Finally, yesterday morning, the bizarreness stopped. For the very first time, every nest box had an egg in it when I walked into the coop (ignore the white decoy eggs). All eggs were "normal":
Farm fresh eggs, with a few oddities thrown in every now and again for entertainment!: