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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Egg Extraordinare

I gathered eggs yesterday and this was in with the others. I thought it looked extra interesting so I thought I would share it with you. I wonder what happens inside the hen that causes such trauma to the egg shell? Looks painful to me...(-: I will say that in the 18 years I have raised chickens I have never had an egg look like this one. So I guess it doesn't happen to often. I have had eggs with no shell before. Another rare occurrence though. I will blame it on the weather. Its been in the high 20's here so the girls are probably cold. I guess I need to make little jackets for them to wear during this colder weather(-: Seriously though I think I will run to the feed store this morning and get them some straw to sleep in. They liked that last winter. My girls would rather sit on the floor then roost. They are strange birds. Some of them will roost but the others prefer sitting on the floor. Maybe the straw will help warm them up a bit. It is suppose to rain in the next few days. Winter has finally arrived I guess.
Is everyone done with their Christmas shopping yet? I still have a bit more to do. Hopefully that gets finished up today.




8 comments:

Kudzu said...

Well, that's odd for sure! I really don't care much for chickens after having them all through growing up, and having them for 4-H. But......I've had plenty of eggs shaped just like bowling pins, a lot with double yolks, these big, HUGE eggs, but NONE ever looked like that, lol! We used to go get oyster shells for them, they like the calcium. We raised sex-linked chickens...boy, talk about crazy birds, didn't know if they were male of female :D LOLLLLLLL... My aunt had silkies and I was always bringing colored eggs home for the kids. We'd let them run loose, and in the Fall, I'd rake leaves for the kids to jump in when they got home from school...guess what the chickens "dropped" in the leaves? LOL that ruined the fun. And one Winter we had an old rooster who ran the yard, but he had two sons the same age, who began to see if they were stronger than dear old Dad...after a few DAYS of fighting, Dad won. Til the next time. The two younger ones killed Dad after a few more days of fighting. It was freezing rain that year, unusual for here. We'd run out to scoop up the dead one, but the two younger would come running out and begin their attack again--even though he was dead. But if we TOUCHED dad, they'd see him move and come back to finish him off. Again, this went on for DAYS...thank goodness it was winter, imagine the smell in August?? My husband and I both had to go out there,with our two kids,and chase off the young roosters and get rid of the body. Never saw anything like that before or since! These roosters had the longest spurs,too, and knew how to use them. I guess you've had problems like this in 18 years, lol! So, no more chickens unless they're cleaned and wrapped in plastic, same with eggs, give me white ones in a styro carton! ( I left out all the fun parts of raising chickens, like possums or coons or fox raiding the hen house at 3am, neighbors dogs getting in and killing almost all of them in one night, etc)

cindee said...

Hi Cherry,
I have had simular experiences over the years. All the varmits and random dogs. I have started over so many times I lost count. And to think it all started with two chicks at Easter for the kids!!! I still enjoy them but I don't enjoy roosters that are mean. Those ones meet their maker much sooner then their girlfriends. I don't eat eggs but my husband and kids do. I just use them for baking!! I enjoy watching them scratch around in the dirt and do whatever chickens do. I miss my last rooster and hope to find another nice rooster in the spring. I enjoyed his crow more then I thought I would. I knew something had got him the morning I went out and did not hear him crowing. )-:
LOL about the sex-linked chickens. It is hard to tell what they are sometimes!!!

cindee said...

Hi Cherry,
I have had simular experiences over the years. All the varmits and random dogs. I have started over so many times I lost count. And to think it all started with two chicks at Easter for the kids!!! I still enjoy them but I don't enjoy roosters that are mean. Those ones meet their maker much sooner then their girlfriends. I don't eat eggs but my husband and kids do. I just use them for baking!! I enjoy watching them scratch around in the dirt and do whatever chickens do. I miss my last rooster and hope to find another nice rooster in the spring. I enjoyed his crow more then I thought I would. I knew something had got him the morning I went out and did not hear him crowing. )-:
LOL about the sex-linked chickens. It is hard to tell what they are sometimes!!!

My LIttle Family: said...

That egg looks like leather.

Cinj said...

Yikes. Looks like a nice egg to make a craft project with since it's so rare. We once blew the yolk out of a shell and made an ornament or something with it. I forget exactly how, but that would be a great egg to try it with.

If I were allowed to have chickens here they'd have to have their own furnace or they'd be chicken sicles. High temps of 10 at the most with really cold wind chills to boot. Straw sounds nice, I'm sure they'd thank you for it! :)

just jody said...

Ouch! Hemorrhoids? LOL!

cindee said...

Hi my little family,
LOL about it looking like leather. It does! Weird huh?

Hi Jody,
LOL good guess too!!!

Hi Cindy,
It would make an unusual "Easter Egg" project. I guess I will have to save it after I blow it out.(-:

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

Wow, what an unusual egg! That should go in some book or something like Guinness World Records! Wonder what caused such an anomaly? Anyway, I'm back home and back to visiting all my blog friends today. Happy Holidays, dear blogging friend.
Brenda