A Robin and her chickens

My little backyard flock is comprised of an assortment of beautiful breeds the likes of which include Black Australorps, Buff Orpingtons, Golden Laced Wyandottes, and Araucanas, to name a few.  Each produce different hues of brown, tan, “eggshell” white, blue and minty green eggs - not to mention a multitude of sizes. My favorite birds are the Black Australorps.  Have you ever had an opportunity to see one out in the sunshine?  The emerald green hue their backs literally sparkles.
 
Every pastry chef knows that an average sized egg weighs approximately 2 ounces - all inclusive of shell, yolk and whites.  But that’s just the average!  Farm eggs tend to come in varying sizes, all reflective of the lifestyle of the chicken!  Yes....”lifestyle!”  From what the chicken is fed to how and where it grazes and the age of the chicken.  These are just a few factors affecting the outcome of the eggs.  
 
My birds live a fantastic lifestyle!  Since chickens eat just about anything, I feed my birds almost all of my kitchen fruit and veggie food scraps as a special treat each day. They pay me back in return by transforming my scraps into fantastic garden fertilizer.
 
Here’s what we found out by weighing the eggs from my coop:
My Araucanas lay green eggs. 1.7 to 2.4 oz
My Black Australorps lay brown eggs. 2.7 to 3.5 oz
My Buff Orpingtons lay tan eggs. 2.3 to 2.5 oz
My Golden Laced Wyandottes lay light brown to brown eggs. 2.5 to 2.9 oz
 
 
And now for your Eggstra interesting fun fact of the day…  Chicken combs are like human fingerprints.  Each one is unique.  And that is how I am able to tell one of my girls from the next.

by Robin G.

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