My beloved hens have been laying eggs for over ten months now. I've blogged about first eggs and really big eggs and exceptionally odd and ridiculously small eggs and everything in between, but by now, I thought, we (and by "we" I mean the hens) had pretty much worked out all the kinks.
I was wrong. I reached into one of the nest boxes yesterday and pulled out a very small egg. How small was it? Well, let me show you:
Yesterday's egg is the first tiny egg I've received since last summer! So how weird is it, then, that when I go off to read my favorite blogs this morning, I find that Cee Cee over at My Little Bit of Heaven not only found a similarly small egg in her nest box but blogged about it today, too? Pretty weird, I think. Her hens are four years old, mine are only a year old. She lives in Texas, I live in Oregon. Her name begins with a "C", mine with a "D". She has a son named "James", I'm married to a "James". Is there something unusual going on here? Probably not.
For those of you more comfortable with the "ruler method" of measurement:
You may be wondering why the egg already appears cracked. Well, it is because I'm having sort of a bad day today. First, I got some really bad news about donkeys. Then, I dropped this pretty little egg as I was photographing it and it cracked. Then, I accidentally deleted all the earlier pictures I had taken, leaving me to take a few pictures of a cracked egg just to show you that I'm not, well, cracked and making this all up.
I had been planning on saving this latest mini egg, along with my first egg and my smallest-ever egg, but now that it's cracked...I might as well see what's inside it.
Cee Cee cracked hers open to find it was a yolkless egg, but mine was not:
There's definitely a yolk here, but it's blurry and undefined...that black spot is odd looking, too:
Those paranoid among us might worry that egg-laying aliens have invaded my nest box, but I remain unconvinced. Really, I think my girls just like to keep me on my toes and give me a surprise every now and again. I really appreciate this.