Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Torpedo

My 13 young hens have really started laying in the past few weeks.  My husband built them 9 nest boxes in the chicken coop, and they love to go in and sit each day.  It seems before they lay they squawk a lot, then they settle down in a nest box and build up the nest.  Soon enough, they go outside to play with everyone else, leaving an egg behind.

Today they gave me 7 eggs - that's the most in 1 day so far.  Last week I found a 2.1 oz egg in one of the nest boxes.  That's the largest egg so far. 
My husband called it "the torpedo". 

The torpedo on the right, one of our normal-sized 1.9 oz large eggs on the left

Over the weekend I cracked  open "the torpedo", and sure enough, it had a double yolk.  The first double yolk egg from my hens!  I remember when I was a child I always was excited to get a double yolk egg in the store-bought eggs.
I feel like a kid again!

Does anyone else still get excited about the simple things like double-yolk eggs from their hens?


chook said...

when the girls first started laying, we got triple yolkers. very heady stuff.

Danni said...

Oh, my 9 laying girls are finally getting into the swing of things again and I'm getting about 5, sometimes 6, eggs a day now. They turned 2 last week, though, so I know I'm supposed to expect their laying to dwindle a bit this year. sigh.
Love the torpedo egg! I haven't gotten a double yolker since their first year, but I did get a 2.5oz egg yesterday! :-)

Texan said...

The little things in life are also some of the most fun!!

Gail said...

Ahhh, the excitement of an egg! Isn't it wonderful that simple things can make us so happy?

Cattle Call Farm said...

My girls argue over who gets the biggest egg, because they want a double yolker. We have only gotten one so far this year.

AJ-OAKS said...

I love the little things in life. Just love 'em. Like you when I crack open an egg and out comes two yolks I get so happy. Heck, I still smile and enjoy collecting the eggs everyday. I thank each girl who gifted it. Aww, the little things cannot be replaced.

Robin said...

A torpedo eh? That is funny. I keep waiting for a triple yoker but that hasn't happened yet. Hey what am I talking about...I'm waiting for a magnificent hairy misshapen egg like yours. :)

Unknown said...

Look forward to reading more from you.


Razzberry Corner said...

Chook - triples, huh! Now that would make my head spin!

Danni - So sad that things start going downhill when they turn 2 yrs old! Such a short life for a chicken! ...You beat me with a 2.5 oz, I've never gotten one that big!

Texan - I agree...

Gail - Yes, I like the wonder of the simple things... a chicken egg, a deer watching me thru the window, a child's laugh...

Cattle Call Farm - I also have only gotten 1 double. But now I'll be watching for another.

Cindy - I love to collect the eggs each day, too! Such a simple, happy time.

Robin - My "magnificent hairy misshapen egg" - that makes me laugh :) I hope I get another, too - it was entertaining!

Cindy - Thank you! :)


Jenny wren's nest said...

I get eggcited when I get a double yolker, but lately I been getting green eggs from my Easter egg chicken, it just makes me want to celebrate.

DayPhoto said...

Aren't getting eggs just the most fun? I still enjoy it and I've been doing it for years, and years and years.


Knatolee said...

I get excited! :) But it's been a few weeks since I've had any whoppers. The biggest egg so far was 110 grams/ 3.88 oz, which is insane. They seem to have normalized now that the girls have reached full maturity.

I don't think I'm ever going to stop getting a thrill out of finding warm eggs in the coop every morning. :)

Leigh said...

Gosh, I guess I'd better keep egg stats too once mine get big enough to lay. We have several months to go on that though.

Razzberry Corner said...

Jenny wren's nest - green eggs - very cool! I don't have any of them, although I was told I bought 5 Americana chicks. Only 2 turned out to be females, and and they appear to be mixed with another breed. I believe they are laying brown eggs.

Linda - I'm glad to hear that I will not become complacent about receiving eggs from the chickens. I really enjoy it now, and I'd hate to lose this feeling!

Knatolee - A 3.88 oz egg is insane!!! How many yolks did it have, like 4?? Too cool! :)

Leigh - I have fun with the egg stats! I'd love to read about yours when the time comes!

~Lynn at Razzberry Corner