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Thursday, 3 March 2011

In assorted colours and sizes


This morning there were three eggs in the nest-box . . . a pastel teal-blue egg from Saffron Spice, a rich terracotta-brown egg from my lovely senior under-gardener Sylvie and a teeny weeny miniature egg laid by Ginger Spice (sigh – what's she up to now?!)

Celia
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15 comments:

  1. I'm despairing of our eggs at the moment - but yours are lovely!

    Getting two new hens tomorrow from a free-range farmer who's giving up at the end of the month because he can't afford to feed his hens on the egg prices the supermarket pays him. Tragic.

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  2. I so want to keep chickens again!

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  3. How do the studio assistants get on with the chickens?

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  4. My compliments to all involved in creating that beautiful still life!

    Here's an ignorant city-dweller's question...when an egg is tinier than usual on the outside, is the yolk also tinier?

    xo

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  5. Lovely eggs! I can only comment on egg size from goose eggs, if the egg is larger on the outside, the yolk is certainly larger - so I'm thinking it works in reverse.

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  6. Well, there's always one in a flock. Someone in mine just laid a teeny egg. Don't know who, but I suspect Lulu, my problem child. To answer the yolk question - if it's really tiny, and a first egg of the season, often it's just whites. But, regular bantam eggs have a higher percentage of yolk - about 40% rather than the 33% in large hen eggs. I once ruined a cake using all bantam eggs. It was too yolky!

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  7. Our eggs are a bit like that at the moment... big ones, small ones, chalky ones, shiny ones and colours ranging from almost white to the darkest brown

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  8. oh poor Ginger Spice... bless her and her teeny eggs!

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  9. They are richly beautiful.

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  10. She's just taking life (and laying) easy, that's what she's up to!

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  11. Celia
    3 more than me! Lol
    Jane

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  12. Would make a lovely 2.5 ! egg omelette, yum.

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  13. I know nothing about chickens so forgive my ignorance but I always thought that the diet dictated the colour?
    I am guessing that your girls eat the same so the variation must be down to breed?

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  14. You've got some beauties there! I'm envious! I love the names of your chickens!

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  15. we have just taken in 5 ex-battery chickens, so our original chickens are feeling put out and not laying, then the new ones are not settled so no eggs.

    the little one is very cute.

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