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Our first three eggs

So, over the past four days, someone has laid 3 eggs!  I still think that they are from Dolly, but I cannot be entirely sure, as I have only caught her in action once.  Today, I thought alot about the eggs.  I am really proud that the dream of having eggs from organically fed chickens has come true.  In a previous blog, I talked about how chickens can create friendships and are terrific icebreakers. (See Chicken Bonding October 23, 2010)  As the holidays are quickly approaching, I thought that I would share some interesting, unique and bizarre facts about eggs.  Not only will you impress those around you, but it might even help you get things started during your next cocktail party.

Interesting Egg Facts
A hen lays an egg approximately every 25 hours.
A hen is born with over 4000 eggs in her body.
It takes 21 days for a chicken egg to hatch.
A bantam (tiny) hen can sit on about 24 eggs all at once or about 10 standard size eggs.
Hens need about 14 hours of daylight to lay eggs.
Chicken eggs come in all shades of brown, white, blue, green and rose.
Hens do not need a rooster to lay eggs.
Chickens lay the highest number of eggs in their lifetime between 18 weeks and 2 years of age.