Saturday, September 15, 2012

our little overachiever

Our tiny Chirpy has been on a roll with laying eggs the past few weeks.  She has laid only one thin-shelled egg lately and typically graces us with 5 or 6 of her pretty green peewees each week.  I'm so glad her system is more regulated now.

As for Little Redder, her system is still somewhat out of whack.  Although she hasn't laid any without shells lately, she continues to lay 2 or 3 jumbos each week and small/medium eggs on other days.  The first time I used one of her jumbos I hard boiled it, sliced it in half while it was still warm, spread a little butter on the halves and sprinkled it with salt and pepper.  I was completely oblivious as I was about to cram it in my yapper when Eric notoiced that it had 2 yolks!!  This was a first for us!  Double-yolk eggs are more common as hens first begin laying.  According to Wikipedia (gulp), "Double-yolk eggs occur when ovulation occurs too rapidly, or when one yolk becomes joined with another yolk."  

a "regular" Redder egg and a jumbo Redder egg
This morning for breakfast we treated ourselves to bacon and eggs.  Believe it or not, we don't eat this every day!  Breakfast was especially fun since we each had a double yolker from Redder.  One seemed to have conjoined yolks and the other had distinctly separate yolks. 

We were especially thankful for this unusual breakfast treat!!

my smiley, tasty breakfast