We’ve had some whoppers in our time, but not many true tiddlers. Yes, there are the beautiful bantam-size eggs from Mabel (containing the huge orange yolks) and the smaller-than-usual offerings from the hen-that-never-grew-up, but the diminutive one laid this week takes the prize for the (world’s?) smallest hen’s egg. If it had larger speckles, I would suspect a quail, which are apt to fly and could just feasibly have taken to our hen run and found the nesting box to lay.
This made me think, yet again, that a nestcam is the way forward (must get round to this one day). Then we’d be able to work out who’d laid this micro egg. It’s not even as if any of our chickens are young pullets, who do produce dainty offerings at first – they’re all at least two years old. We couldn’t resist cracking it open, too, of course, and knew James’ parents, being regular egg customers and fans of the flock, would be interested in witnessing the event, so took it round to do the deed.
The yolk wasn’t fully formed but it had an impressive inner and outer white. Does anyone know how and why such minuscule eggs are created? Or have you collected something similar from your nesting box?! We’d love to know.