This morning I went to collect my eggs as usual and look what I found! The teeniest tiniest egg ever. It is 2.5cm long and weighs 6g.
Now people warned me when I was considering getting silkies that they laid small eggs and I was a bit concerned that their eggs would be too small for my needs but they're not. They're generally cute sized 4cm long and 36g in weight. Their size depends on who is doing the laying. Either Puff or Fluff (can't tell them apart) lays whoppers - for a silkie. Indie is the smallest of the chooks and she lays smaller eggs.
Now the egg is brown so I know it wasn't Puff or Fluff the white silkies. Golden Girl has been broody - again. So maybe it was her. She was down in the run squawking about with the others this morning which is a good sign. Perhaps she was boasting about her pebble egg. She's always prided herself on being a bit different from the others. Being Golden and bearded and all.
I immediately googled about for information on teeny chook eggs and apparently the smallest egg listed in the Guiness Book of Records is 2.7cm long. There is however some other fella from the US who just made the news last month with a 2.1cm egg from a normal sized chook. But I'm still pretty excited about this egg. I'm thinking that I might email my local papers who always seem to be interested in fluff news items. I could get famous with this egg and do some promoting for backyard chooks and sustainable gardening in the process.
Hmm. Do I want to get famous for producing the teeniest chook egg in the southern hemisphere? I was once hoping my singing career would bring me fame. But I've given up on that one. Yep, I'm willing to lower my ambitions.
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