Monday, January 10, 2011

In case you've ever wondered if keeping chickens is awesome...

Our hens slowed their egg production waaaay down this fall as the light decreased and many of them were molting. We were averaging an egg a day. But now that we are past solstice they are back to laying with a vengeance. It's been months since I've seen any of the pale blue eggs our Araucanas lay, but this past week there they were in the nest. They tend to be long eggs anyway, but one of them looked just like a torpedo, it was so long and thin.

And then there was this brown beauty. 
Our hens lay pretty large eggs, and I just had to pair this one with a store bought egg for comparison. The white egg on the left is a "large" egg from an organic free range hen.
The eggs speak for themselves.

It doesn't even come close to fitting in a large sized egg carton.
In a jumbo carton, it at least fits in the egg compartment, but you can't close the lid! Yeah, I'd say there are definite benefits to chicken husbandry.


  1. I'm just glad I'm not a chicken... ouch!

    This is so awesome- I can't wait to be out of our apartment and into a space where we can have chickens!

  2. I know, right?? I always hope it doesn't hurt my girls too much to lay their gigantic eggs. Also, I measured the widest part, and the egg was 6 1/2 inches around!

  3. That egg is impressive.

    Hubba and I have been talking (a little) about getting some chickens. Need to get our LGD first since we have plenty of coyote, fox and racoons nearby that would love to have a chicken dinner.

  4. Ooh, what kind of dogs would you get?