New Layers! . . . by Hannah, 8

Do you remember those cute, fluffy little chicks we had a while ago?  Well, they grew from this…

So cute!

to this

and started doing this.

A pullet egg beside a regular-size egg

We have five or so laying.  One of the pullets lays double-yolkers, so there are two yolks inside the shell, but they are small.

It’s hard to tell from the picture, but her eggs are long and narrow.

In the picture of the chicks when they were tiny, you saw one with a black spot, right?  I named her black spot.  She still has it!

See the black spot?

One of our neighbors knows how to tell male or female when chicks are tiny.  Look at the wing.  If the wing has feathers all the same length, it’s a male.  If the feathers go in the pattern big short big short, it’s a female.  And if it has feathers, it’s a chick.  Haha!  We’ll have to try this sometime to see if it works.

See how nicely she posed?

Our Gigantic Egg

You may recall our recent tiny eggs, but we haven’t had a really large egg in quite a while, so this was exciting for the little ones.  Whenever we get a gigantic egg, we always expect a double-yolker.  Or even a triple.

We were right!

WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN? 

I found this explanation on The Poultry Pages:

When an egg starts its journey inside the hen, the first thing formed is the ovum in the hen’s ovary. This grows and the colour changes from pale grey to the yellow we know as the yolk colour.

Once it reaches full size, the yolk sac breaks away (ovulation) and begins a journey down the oviduct where the egg white (albumen) and the shell form around it. The process from ovulation to egg laying takes around 24-26 hours.

Normally, the next ovulation is triggered by the hen laying the egg but occasionally things go wrong and two yolks are released at the same time to travel down the oviduct together, being surrounded by one shell and giving us the double yolker.

Have more questions about this?  Read more here.

We compared this super-size egg with our normal eggs by having a weigh-in.  Our eggs range in size, but our normal large-size eggs weigh around 2.5 ounces.

This one, however, weighed a whopping 3.7 ounces!  (Poor hen, whichever one she was.)

This is the first time we’ve weighed any of our eggs, so this big one holds the weight record for our humble homestead.

We’re curious, though . . . if you have chickens, what’s the heaviest egg your hens have laid?

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