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Jurassic Park

on June 9, 2012

Yesterday I had a few friends round for coffee and one of them brought me a box of fresh free range eggs from her own hens. I was delighted to receive these especially when I opened the box and there were six eggs of all different colours, from whitest white to dark brown. The colour of an egg is determined by the colour of a hen’s ears, our girls are all brown so their eggs are the usual red brown colour. The Araucana hen from Chile lays porcelain blue eggs. The laying of golden eggs sadly seems to be restricted to fictional birds.
My friend had helpfully pencilled the date when the eggs were laid, a tip to remember when we have such an abundance that we can start giving them away!
It is probably a coincidence after changing their feed but today I collected two eggs from the nesting box. One was normal, the other long and thin and quite heavy. I suspect another double yolk. We’ve had quite a few. According to hen folk lore the most recorded yolks in one egg is nine. Recently we had a really freaky egg with no hard shell. All these are signs that the girls are still settling in after 4 weeks, what the experts call “an unsynchronised production cycle”. With two days off work this week for the Jubilee I’m sure most of us can sympathise.
You may wonder what the little red blob is when you break an egg. It is not (as I thought ) a fertilised egg but a small unharmful deposit of blood caused by the rupture of a blood vessel during its formation. I’m not sure if this sounds better or worse.
The word “cockney” is derived from “cock’s egg”, applied by country folk to town folk ignorant of country life and customs, ie that roosters don’t lay eggs. It later was used specifically to denote someone from the East End of London.
And finally in today’s quite factual blog, the chicken was the first bird to have its genome sequenced (DNA stuff) back in 2004. Scientists discovered parallels in the sequences of chickens and the most famous dinosaur Tyrannosaurus Rex. Our girls are the closest living cousins of dinosaurs. Now that’s impressive.

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2 responses to “Jurassic Park

  1. amaryllislog says:

    Why thank you for the information, I learned something today…hence a very good day! Who knew what caused egg color!

  2. helen says:

    Hey Mrs Gillybird! – loving your blog! Can’t really compete there …. Maybe Helen’s Hen Company??
    Anyway we have had a death in the coop…. Freda stopped laying, stopping socialising, stopped eating, puffed up her feathers and when her mates were out foraging in the garden she just lay under the ramp and …..well passed away!
    So sad….no obvious cause tho apparantly wet weather is not good!
    Thankfully other birds seem ok!

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