Monday, July 19, 2010

One Of These Eggs Isn't Like the Others

Somehow I didn't notice this egg until I got it inside. I had to wonder if a goose had somehow gotten in the chicken coop, but this is definitely a chicken egg, what is also known as a double yolker.

Normally immature chickens lay double yolker and our chickens are two weeks shy of being a year old. Sometimes it just happens.

I put some other eggs on our digital scale and they weighed in at between two and two and a quarter ounces. This egg weighed in at three and a quarter ounces. It was a whooper.

Here is what it looked like in the pan.


Blogger darev2005 said...

Mmmmmm... just think if you could find a way to encourage them to do that all the time. The Double YY Ranch! Farm Fresh EEGGSS!! Yyummyy!!

7:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The other day the news man came on to say that a new study claims that farm fresh eggs from free range chickens are no healthier than the corporate variety. In fact the study suggests that they may be worse because who knows what those free range chickens might be eating? The news caster didn't look too convinced as he read the story off the teleprompter. Had I been Elvis I would have shot out my TV.

5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Several studies I've read said free range eggs are lower in cholesterol since they aren't being fed high fat industrial feed.

There's also been several cases recently of cheap imported feed being contaminated with heavy metals.

I'll stick with the eggs from my hens and ducks.

Darev, you've never had really good scrambled eggs until you've had 1/2 duck and 1/2 chicken eggs.

8:46 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Darev, listen to your sister.

Anon, that "news" story was probably a plant from the egg industry who sees a big chunk of money leaving their inferior product.

Critter, or one goose egg that will take the place of two or three chicken eggs.

5:26 AM  
Blogger richpix said...

I think the story referenced was this one seen in Time. It looks at "organic" eggs purchased at supermarkets. It's likely what they tested still came from large factory farms rather than smaller individual operations.

Interestingly in looking at a USDA report on the study they say this: "The research did not address flavor, food safety concerns, or overall nutritional quality." Hmm.

Here's the abstract from the Journal of Poultry Science: Physical quality and composition of retail shell eggs "Retail shell eggs" should be a big clue.

8:04 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Rich, thanks again for your research. I distrust the organic industry. They cut corners to protect their bottom line and most can not afford what it takes to pasture thousands of hens so their hens live bleak lives but are fed organic food.

Real eggs can't be bought in a store. Try to find a sign on someones front lawn that says Eggs for Sale. Ask the sellers what conditions their hens live in. See if you can take a look at them. If you don't see any evidence of chicken poop in their yard they may not ever see the outside of their coop.

8:47 AM  
Blogger Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

oh, naysayers! The shells ARE thicker and the yolks orange, not an insipid to be better!

7:42 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

And they taste better.

8:28 AM  

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