Big Mamas Jumbo Egg
With nasty weather today and tornado watches, I didn’t feel up to cooking or adding a recipe so I thought I’d go off the beaten path for a change and give you a little, or jumbo story about our chicks. Maybe tomorrow I will feel more productive in the cooking area although, this is a story about food!
Some time ago as some of you might recall, Kenny and I acquired some free chickens from our neighbors. After a few months and no eggs, we decided to let them free range in our corral out by the barn as we were getting tired of feeding them and figured they could eat bugs to cut our feed bill down. We lost 2 of the 6 we adopted as they all seemed to be a bit handicapped, hence they were free. Drunkin’ chicken was one we lost and I’m sorry we never got a video of her trying to get to the feeding dish. With messed up feet that caused her to take one step forward and two steps backward (hence the name Drunkin’), she had to use her wings to propel her in the right direction. Her feet were starting to get better and we thought she was on the road to recovery! One of the other chickens is Gimp! She has one foot that goes outward instead of straight, but that doesn’t seem to deter her in any way especially when it comes to feeding time.
Mr. Tom…Keeper of the hens!
Then there’s Tom, a Rhode Island Red who happened up the driveway one day to claim his harem of wives! We have no idea where he came from but he seems very content to stay here with the ladies, watch over them and well, need I say more! He is the only one we have that can manipulate himself through the fencing and every morning when we go out, he makes a beeline across the yard to greet us and get his treat. Sometimes if we’re running a little late on the feeding schedule, he’ll even come up on the porch as if to say “Come on, the ladies are hungry!”
Now onto this Jumbo egg I found in the coop yesterday. We thinks it might be Gimp who is laying them as she is a huge chicken, I mean huge! We thought she was a rooster as her crown is very large and that’s usually a sign of a rooster, but every time 2 chickens are in the laying area, she is one of them! Now I know some of my “in the same age group” will remember the old days when they actually had jumbo eggs at the grocery stores and even if they say jumbo today they are what I remember as large, and large is what used to be medium. Makes you wonder what size eggs to use when cooking, comprende?
That’s gonna make a big omelet! The other egg is normal size.
So far almost all her eggs have been double yolkers and I’m wondering if this might be a triple header which I haven’t seen since I was a kid! I showed my granddaughter some of these eggs and she asked if we had gotten some ducks mixed up with the chickens, not that senile yet I hope! But she is correct in the sense that this chicken does produce some extraordinarily huge eggs. Now I’m going to give you the dimensions of this egg and you help me decide how to use this one in a recipe, am I crazy or is there a duck lurking in the chicken pen! Chicken egg recovered on Sunday morning by yours truly is a whopping 3 inches from point to point, 6-3/16 inches around the center and it weighs 4 whole ounces! Not a World Book of Guiness record but maybe it might make it in the future to topple the 6.4 ounce egg on record found by Melissa Peterson out in California; Come on Gimp! You need to get busy!!!
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