Sunday, November 27, 2011


Did you know?

  • That the older the egg the flatter the yoke lays?
  • That free range chicken egg yolks are almost orange and the corn fed caged chickens produce eggs whose yolks are pale yellow?
  • That a chicken only lays one egg a day, usually in the morning?
  • That chicken's prefer to roost at night?
  • That possums, coyotes, and weasels are natural predators for the flock?
  • That a red dot in the egg is the sign of a fertilized egg?
  • That the number of hours of day light determine whether a chicken will lay an egg therefore they do not lay in the winter unless artificial light is added?
  • That the difference between a brown egg and a white egg is only the breed of the chicken who laid it?
  • That in a farm environment a good ratio between roosters and hens is 10/1?
  • That eggs that are past good float?
  • That the incubation period for chicken eggs is 21 days?
  • That eggs come in many colors and sizes?

  • That Winlock, WA is the home of the world's largest egg and every year they have an Egg Day Parade and all day events?  And, for many years it was the major industry of the town and they shipped eggs and chicks throughout the entire country?

These are a few of the type of things that one might learn while In The Trenches.  For others the learning process might be doing their own yard work, cutting children's hair, changing the oil in their car, or ironing a shirt.  Things that one might have previously paid someone else to do are now all up for the DIY test.   Teaching the kids as soon as possible thereafter also raises their knowledge and experience :)


Practical Parsimony said...

I did not know the Winlock fact.

"A red dot in an egg is a sign of fertilization" is not exactly right. I have no rooster and have red blood dots in my hens' eggs once in awhile. Check here:

Read down about six comments. Meat spots are common in eggs as are blood spots.

I have never paid anyone to do anything but change the oil in my car and repair it. I won't be doing that now, But, I did/do many things for myself--canning, sewing, minor home repairs, cutting children's hair. Yes, teaching children early makes them more self-sufficient.

Kris @ Everyday Tips said...

Very interesting little facts Trenches!

(That must be one happy Rooster...)

Anonymous said...

We tried so many new things during this time more by necessity than interest but than it did become fun and a way of life.

Carol Schultz said...

One of our readers shared this link and it has more interesting EGG facts: