Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Pullet Eggs

One of the coolest things about raising new chickens is finding the very first egg they lay as they transition into an adult laying hen.  Typically called a pullet egg, they are often diminutive in size and special to find.  This one was so tiny and long it just fit in the very bottom of the egg carton!  Each egg your new hen lays will continue to be bigger and bigger until reaching its full size.  Typically I would say it takes about 3-4 eggs to get there.  We are now getting at least 3 eggs a day typically from different hens.  When you have a mixed flock you can definately tell the difference.  I have two older hens that I am very familiar with the size, shape and color of their eggs.  Even in the picture above you can see the variation in the browns and whites.  To me, egg gathering is like getting a special suprise everyday!