The delightful fragrance of sizzling bacon fills the kitchen as freshly cracked eggs plop into the frying pan Along with whole wheat toast topped with English marmalade, few breakfasts are more delicious than eggs fresh from the backyard coop
Before those eggs enter the pan, they’ve undergone a remarkable journey that starts in the hen’s ovary
When a female chicken hatches she has two ovaries but one gradually shrinks and becomes unfunctional The other gradually matures to generate all the eggs she’ll lay When she’s about 20 weeks old, give or take a few weeks, a hen begins ovulation It is
Anyone who has kept a backyard flock eventually faces a dilemma As hens age their egg laying slows Eventually it nearly stops There’s a point where the girls eat expensive feed yet hardly lay an egg How does a flock owner decide when to get rid of aging hens and what to do with them?
A Laying Scenario
A young pullet starts laying when she is 18 to 24 weeks old If she’s of a productive breed she’ll soon lay like fury It takes about 26 hours for an egg to form, so every once in a while, she’ll take a
If you’re deciding on new chickens and what new breeds to add to your flock, egg color is probably one of your top considerations Long gone are the days of plain white eggs
How did colored eggs come about?
Eggs from the very first chickens of the wild started out as tan, or light brown Wild jungle fowl were domesticated around 2000 BC All our domesticated breeds stem from these wild fowl
All eggs start out INSIDE the hen as white Through simple genetic tweaks, eggs now can come in white, tan, dark brown, speckled, blue, green, olive, and every color in