|This day was a 10-egg-day. Not a good egg day! 12 or 13 eggs is a good egg-day!|
The two new birds, Luna and Virginia, have integrated into the flock and have started laying eggs in the nest boxes already. They started laying right away, on the first evening we had them, one of them laid an egg. They are both Americauna chickens and lay light greenish/blueish eggs. And their eggs are large! Many of our other chickens are bantams, so they lay small or medium sized eggs. Our older chickens, who are older than a year, mostly lay medium and large eggs, and the pullets still lay small eggs and once in a while medium eggs. As the pullets get older and more mature their eggs will probably be medium/large, too.
This week we got our first dozen eggs that we could label as LARGE. Most of our cartons are labeled SMALL or MEDIUM. I was so excited to have a large! I had to save eggs from two days to have enough eggs to make a large. But two-day-old eggs are not bad! I imagine the eggs that other people buy in the store can be several weeks or even months old sometimes! I have not bought eggs in several years, but I love to look at the eggs in the store. They are so HUGE and white, it's amazing. And the brown ones are so dark brown. Other people in the store must think I'm strange when I stare at the store eggs and make comments about how funny they look! Most of my chickens' eggs are light brown.
Just in case you don't know, in the US, the sizes of eggs are defined by the weight of a dozen eggs. They are not defined by the size of individual eggs. Here's a quick chart I got from
Size and Weight of a dozen eggs
Jumbo 30 ounces
Extra Large 27 ounces
Large 24 ounces
Medium 21 ounces
Small 18 ounces
Peewee 15 ounces
|Light brown and green eggs - LARGE dozen|
Now, I'm going to go have some eggs for breakfast!