Oddball Eggs in the Coop

A guest post from my daughter Claire:

Have you ever heard of a wrinkled egg? An egg with 2 yolks? A gray egg with bumps all over? Well, neither had I until our chickens started laying.

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Esmerelda, Chrysanthemum, Buttercup, and Marigold

On the first day of laying, my mom came out to me saying, “Claire! We’ve got our first egg!” And when I looked I saw a tiny, brown sphere with white specks all over it. Small, but beautiful. The white dots add character. After about a week, I went out to check for an egg. As I picked it up, I noticed something was different. The egg was lumpy. I took a look at it. Who would have thought that of all the things that could have happened, we got a wrinkled egg!!

So far the chickens have laid two wrinkled eggs!!
So far the chickens have laid two wrinkled eggs!!

Several days later, I went out and found a normal sized egg. Until then all of the eggs they had been laying had been rather small (and cute!).

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“Mommy, we’ve got a normal sized one for once!” I said, walking through the door. We cracked it open and two yellow blobs/yolks plopped out!

A double yolker!!
A double yolker!!

And, lastly, one day I came home from school and my mom showed me the wackiest looking egg. I honestly don’t know how our innocent little chickens came to produce such a thing! It was an ugly shade of gray, and it had little bumps all over. If it made a chick, the chick would look something like the ugly duckling. These eggs are tough luck!

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P.S. Please don’t be worried. We’ve also been getting beautiful, smooth, brown eggs almost every day.

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25 Comments

    1. Thanks for commenting! Actually, before we moved to this house, we had 2 auracaunas! They weren’t the friendliest chickens ever though. But their eggs were just beautiful! They were a very pretty color!

  1. Hey Claire – Now this is a subject I know very little about – thanks for the info! My only experience was cleaning out the coop at my relatives big ranch when I was a kid. I would poke the old eggs that had fallen through the chicken wire floor with the handle of my rake – they stink to high heaven! Got in trouble for that… they told me to get back to work…

  2. I have never seen a wrinkled egg before… though we have kept chickens off and on for several years. I have seen a double yolk. I thought it strange that the eggs started out very light from this year’s pullets, and small like yours, but then got both bigger and darker!

  3. Clare

    Hey Claire! Nice writing — I asked your dad how old you were, and if you got some editing help, and he said, 10, and nope! I hope my daughter writes her own blog posts when she’s 10!!

  4. David

    Is one of your chickens more likely to lay one of the special eggs, or do they all contribute to this glorious diversity equally? (My bet would be on Marigold, but that’s just because she reminds me of someone in my extended family.)

  5. Claire

    Hmmm… well, actually it couldn’t have been Marigold or Buttercup because they aren’t laying yet. My guess is that both of the laying chickens make an equal amount of wacky eggs. But you can never be too sure…

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  6. I miss our double-yolk eggs. The hens are most likely to lay double-yolk eggs in their first year of laying, because their cycles haven’t sorted out yet. We had quite a few last year, but none since the hens have been in their second year of laying.

  7. Jennifer

    Hi Claire,
    Our chickens have laid most of the types of eggs that you describe, though maybe not quite as wrinkled as the ones you show. The best and most interesting (and grossest) eggs that we have gotten have no shells at all. There is just a membrane holding the white and yolk. They are the right shape, but are completely soft and translucent. It is a real shock to reach into a nesting box and get one of these. We immediately give them oyster shells when it happens!
    I’ll try to send you a picture if we ever get one again.
    Jennifer

  8. richard

    yea i just got my first wrinkled egg today… it was shelless. it was really wierd and felt leathery. I have aracaunas and i have gotten 3 double yolkers so far.. Its always a good surprise!

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