Strange little egg

I was out collecting eggs tonight found the smallest egg in one of the nesting boxes. It’s smaller than any starter egg I’ve ever found. My hens shouldn’t be laying starter eggs now anyway; they should all have been laying somewhat regularly by now. My youngest hens are just over a year old. The shell is normal, the egg is a little oblong, but otherwise it seems like a normal egg. Just very tiny.  We don’t have any bantam hens.  I hope it’s a one-time thing, but it is pretty interesting.  My son asked if he can eat it (once it’s clean, if I crack it and determine it’s edible, then I told him yes, he could have it).  Here are some pictures of the strange tiny egg:

tiny egg 2
Here the tiny egg is next to two of my normal sized eggs.
tiny egg
Here it is again next to a normal sized egg, in my not very large hands. I think this picture shows the scale a little better, though it’s a bit blurry.

What an interesting find. I’ll update you on what happens when I open it.

 

 

*** 5/3 Update! My son wanted me to hard boil the egg, instead of just cracking it into a pan. We hard boiled it, and then cut it in half lengthwise. Here is what we found:

weird egg
There was no yolk. The egg is shown on a small teaplate here.  I showed my son, and he didn’t want to eat it after seeing it. I’m glad. I don’t think I would eat that either.

We have not had any more small eggs, but we’ve found a couple that were the same color and are somewhat lopsided – normal sized eggs, but flatter on one side, like they were squished while forming.  So we may have a hen who is either starting to lay, starting to re-lay (maybe stopped over winter?) or getting ready to stop.  My oldest hens are only 2 so that shouldn’t be happening yet.

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3 thoughts on “Strange little egg

  1. tarnegolita April 28, 2016 / 3:50 am

    Could it be the opposite of an XL, double-yolk egg..? Like a no-yolk egg? Wonder what’s inside! 🙂

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    • jenpowell1976 April 28, 2016 / 7:47 am

      That’s what I’m wondering – it’s so small I wonder if it’s just a yolkless egg. I’ll wash it up tonight and update everyone 🙂

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  2. Erica Mary Eleanor April 28, 2016 / 10:10 am

    I’m curious to see if it has a yolk or maybe a bit of something else that the chickens body just made into an egg!

    Liked by 1 person

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