Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Egg and I

Last night while cleaning eggs, I came upon this one with a flat side.

If I put it down on any side except the very flat side, it would immediately flip itself onto the flat side. Hmmmmmm . . .

It also had a dent in it. It's not a crack, but a dent. Hmmmmmm . . .

It also was very heavy. Like there was something in there more than just the normal yolk and white. Hmmmmmm . . . (Looks kinda like a potato, doesn't it?)

I made Papa Pea crack it open into a dish this morning because I was afraid something really WEIRD was in that egg.

Surprise, surprise! It was just a very big, healthy looking egg. I cooked it and fed it to Papa Pea for breakfast.

(Ah, yes, the interesting things that go on in my life . . . )

29 comments:

MamaTea said...

At our house, this would be filed under "You know you're a farmer/homesteader/etc. when..." The things that make our life go round! I would have wondered what was inside that egg, too...

Chai Chai said...

Eggs, Like open a box of Cracker Jacks every morning!

Dani said...

Flat egg, dented egg - how is the chicken that laid it? LOL

Mama Pea said...

Mama Tea - Filed under 'You Know You're a Farmer/Homesteader When . . .' for sure! But that's the nice thing: We don't have to spend much money on entertainment. ;o)

Chai Chai - Thanks, but I don't like surprises that early in the morning! ;o)

Hi, Dani! The question is what kind of fermented food/drink did she get into the night before?!

Katidids said...

Possibly bump the side of the box when it was first laid? That is weird, got a few square hens do ya? haha

Mama Pea said...

Katidids - Are the egg shells kinda soft when they are very first laid? (Am I showing my stupidity here?)

Nancy said...

Maybe the hen decided to take a break, egg partially out. Oh my that is different, no it's unique!

Jane @ Hard Work Homestead said...

I would have made the Husband open those eggs too. One time years ago I was hard boiling eggs, and just as they started to boil, there was a screaming sound coming from the eggs. I freaked out since I was sure I boiled some chicks(I know, I know, but they were screaming). I made the Husband come and listen and open those too. Turns out air must have been leaking from the egg just enough to make a weird scream sound. They turned out to be just regular unfertilized eggs, but I did give up eating them for quite the while after. I could not get the cooked chick picture out of my head ;)

Sparkless said...

A surprise in every egg! LOL! Now that's a fun way to start your day.

Sue said...

Men have many uses besides just opening the occasional jar, don't they?
:D
And even though it checked out "okay", I wouldn't have eaten it. I'm funny that way. That's another use for men. Feed em the stuff I'm afraid of-LOL!

Tombstone Livestock said...

Well if you get another one you will know it is something inside the chicken .... shells are still warm when they are laid so it's possilbe the dent could be from the nest box, or maybe something disturbed her and she was not down in the nest but standing when she laid it. Glad Papa Pea was there to lend a helping hand.

tami said...

(Laughing) You sound like me. Whenever I get scared about something I make SM do it and step waaaay back. I do that whenever he messes with electricity. And chainsaws.

Mama Pea said...

Nancy - If the hen took a break halfway through popping an egg out, wouldn't it come out hourglass shaped? ;o}

Jane - I would have been right there freaking out with when those eggs screamed!

Sparkless - Ummm . . . what's your definition of fun? Because of the way the egg in the shell kept turning on it's own I was just about freaking out! Creepy, it was, creepy.

Sue - You'll notice *I* did not eat the egg? I always joke saying I never have to worry about dying from food poisoning because my hubby has such a fast metabolism everything goes through him jiffy-quick. If he got sick from eating something, I would have plenty of time to get to a hospital and get my stomach pumped!

Tombstone Livestock - That's the first egg we've ever seen like that so if it does happen again, we'll have to corral the hen and check her out.

tami - I wanted to get the picture of the egg being broken open this morning, but didn't want to get too close in case I had to scream, cover my eyes and run! (Yep, me heap big brave homesteader woman!)

fullfreezer said...

"Curiouser and Curiouser" said Alice....

I wonder if your hens have been through the looking glass....

Judy

Carolyn Renee said...

Stranger things have happened around there I'm sure.....although that one's probably on the "list".

Sparkless said...

LOL! Fun, creepy whatever. It's all interesting.

Leigh said...

That is weird. I've had some rather uneven eggs, but never one like that! Glad it was OK.

Mama Pea said...

Judy - Lots of things we'll never know about those animals!!

CR - When one starts homesteading/farming, one should really start "The List." It would be fun to look back through the years of all the strange/weird/funny stuff that happened, wouldn't it?

Sprakless - Interesting it is!

Leigh - We've had a few that had ripples on them . . . sort of like "push, rest, push, rest" but none quite like this one. :o) Maybe we should do a study of the formation of an egg from start to finish. To me it's quite remarkable that they manage to put a shell around the yolk and white in the first place! And then to have it come out so symmetrical . . . well, most of the time!

Chicken Mama said...

Mom, I'll have to teach you how to take videos with your camera so you can post mini movies of things like the egg rolling to the flat side no matter how you place it down!

And, yup, egg shells don't harden until they hit air (thank goodness for the hens!). So, it must have been a QUICKLY laid egg that did, yes, hit the edge of the nest box.

Mama Pea said...

Have you ever heard the expression "You can't teach an old dog new tricks"? ;o) That would be me with another computer-ish thing to learn!

I can just picture the scenario of that egg being laid. If it had been *me* laying the egg, I'd be 'bout halfway through and remember I was heating milk on the stove for yogurt, and it was about to boil over, so I had to fly (ha!) out of the nest box and run to grab the milk on the stove! Resulting with the egg hitting the edge of the next box (hence the dent) and bouncing off a wall which flattened the one side. Hmmm, do I detect a children's book here? "The Mother Hen Who Had Too Much to Do and Laid a Flat Egg." (Oh, yeah, that would be a real money maker, I bet.) :o)

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Visiting via Mama Tea and came because of your name. Have you read The Egg and I? It's a great book and the movie was more so.
Nice eggs.

Mama Pea said...

Thistle Cove Farm - Hey, thanks for stopping by. I read The Egg and I years ago but since I typed the title of this post I've been thinking about checking it out from the library and reading it again. I wonder if Netflix has the movie?

P.S. I think for a while there a few people thought "Mama Tea" and "Mama Pea" were the same person! (I'd be flattered to be mistaken for Mama Tea!)

Mama Pea said...

Thistle Cove Farm - Hey, thanks for stopping by. I read The Egg and I years ago but since I typed the title of this post I've been thinking about checking it out from the library and reading it again. I wonder if Netflix has the movie?

P.S. I think for a while there a few people thought "Mama Tea" and "Mama Pea" were the same person! (I'd be flattered to be mistaken for Mama Tea!)

judy said...

had me going there , I was ready for anything this morning,even the Easter bunny to jump out of that egg. I HAVE BEEN STUCK IN BETWEEN A EGG ,I MEAN ROCK AND A HARD PLACE-LITERALLY, I HAD TO STAY AT MY DAUGHTER -IN LAWS THAT BY ALL MEANS SHOULD BE A X BY NOW ,A LONG STORY BUT ONE THAT TOTALLY CONFUSES ME AND I HATE BEING STUCK IN THE MIDDLE. I KNOW I JUST CONFUSED YOU,JUST SEND ME SANITY AND A CLEAR HEAD

Erin said...

That is strange, but nice to know it was a healthy egg!

Mama Pea said...

judy - I'm not sure I could keep up with your life even it was all spelled out with t's crossed and i's dotted! Hope things get back to normal for you soon.

Erin - Strange it was, but in the end the hen knew what she was doing. (She just put a little different wrapper on it!)

Susan said...

It's always a dilemma - and I don't have anyone to open those suspicious eggs for me! Well, I'm sure Bernie or Scrappy would love to help, but...well, the "what if" would drive me crazy. I have one chicken that lays a very long egg with a pointed end. I am sure she has some cliff-dwelling ancestors.

Poppy said...

Mama Pea,

When we had a rooster amongst the hens, I was always slightly afraid to open an egg that I'd gathered from any place other than the coop! I was so afraid I would find an egg I'd missed somehow and there would be a baby chick in process...

Very interesting egg!

Mama Pea said...

Susan - Wouldn't you like to know if the pointy egg laying chicken has egg making equipment that looks different than other hens? I mean, how else would her eggs come out the way they do?

Poppy - I think we've all thought about that. Cracking an egg like that for breakfast would definitely be a bad start to the day!