Friday, May 14, 2010

Triangular Eggs

Cleopatra is no "SQUARE" - she's very "HIPP" because she lays triangular shaped eggs! When I go out to collect the eggs, I've been noticing that one egg (a blue egg - ALWAYS a BLUE egg) has a flat side! Then a few weeks ago, the flat sided egg has had a hole in it. Hmmmmm. At first I thought someone had pecked that hole. But, every hole is the same size, about the same shape, and always it's that blue flat sided egg!
Couldn't figure out which hen was the culprit. There are 2 of them that lay blue eggs. But finally I caught Cleopatra in 'the act'! I opened the nest box lid, and there she was, straining to get that egg out...ONE....TWO....THREE.....FOUR.....FIVE! And out it came! She left the nest box, and I picked up the egg, hot from the hen. I examined it, and this is what I found - - -This egg is triangular! Can you see the gently formed curves?? But oddly enough, there was no hole in the egg. I brought it into the house and set it on the towel, as you will note in this picture. After about a minute of sitting there, POOF! The hole appeared!!! It was like the pressure was equalized as the egg cooled to room temperature, and it sucked that portion of the shell inside the egg, leaving a crater! Ever seen anything like this? I'm wondering what caused it and how we can fix the situation! Stay tuned - if I figure it out, I'll certainly fill you all in on it!

Have a great weekend -


Angela said...

Oh my gosh Monica! That is strange! Does the egg actually have anything inside of it? I hope you find out what is causing this problem and can fix it!


^..^Corgidogmama said...

The physics of the chicken....hmmm, am pondering this one. Hot egg, straining.....cooling, then poof~ a hole.
Very odd, isn't it?
Hope someone has the answer for ya!

Chatty Crone said...

That is one heck of an interesting story - I have learned so much through your blog.

Hey have you written me today? I am not recieving any emails - very lonely day.

We called comcast and they are looking into it.

Miss you.


Shirley said...

Hmmm, that is strange! Was she staining more than the other chickens do to lay an egg?

rose said...

Don't know much about eggs. I do know that your pics were pretty, can we say that about eggs? I'm a new follower. Thanks for stopping by my

Stella The Fluff said...

Oh wow, that is the oddest but coolest thing! My sympathies to the poor hen who's laying triangular eggs. Your theory of how the hole happens is probably right on the money. Sure sounds right to me!

Diann said...

Well now that is amazing! I have never seen a triangle egg before!

CountryBlessings@Lakewood said...

You seem to have a lot of interesting/entertaining moments around your place!
Country Blessings,