Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Surprising Egg Story

Our friends on Facebook have already seen this, but I really wanted to post it here and tell you the surprising story of the big egg.

Roger and I did cat care for his daughter and family while they were out of town for the holidays. They live about ten miles from us. It's a beautiful drive through cow country and then over the Humboldt Bay bridge into Eureka. We love making the drive, so it was a real treat to head over there every morning for a few days to feed little Kitty Meow Meow. Roger also checked on the chickens and gathered a few eggs on Friday and then again on Sunday.
It was the Sunday egg gathering that completely surprised us. Roger came into the kitchen holding this huge egg. He said, "Can you believe this? Is this not the biggest chicken egg you have ever seen?" Yes, wow. That's wild. No, I couldn't believe it, but there he was holding it. It was huge. I photographed it in the palm of his hand.
When we came home I asked him to hold an extra-large chicken egg from the dozen we had just bought at the store. I wanted to put together a side-by-side comparison photo. This is what I came up with.

We wondered what would make such a big egg. We had absolutely no idea. It could be two yolks, but we have all seen an egg with two yolks and it didn't look like this. So, I posted the photo on Facebook, and Roger's daughter commented and added a photo of what the egg looked like after she had cracked it open to make some fried eggs on Monday.
Wow. This egg had a second fully formed egg inside. What a crazy shock that was. I immediately googled "egg inside an egg" and found an article that discussed this phenomenon called counter peristalsis contraction. It is quite rare, but as you can see, it does happen. The linked article discusses the biology behind such a phenomenon, and it's really quite interesting.

So, that is our surprising egg story. If you are anything like me, you are thrilled to learn something new everyday. I was so happy about this. Who knew such a thing was possible, and how wonderful it is to have held such an egg and seen the craziness inside that big shell.

And this is our last post of 2014. 
Happy New Year, friends! 
See you in 2015.

17 comments:

  1. I'd never heard of that before. 'Quite a final 2014 post, indeed, Robin! It reminds me of the Fleetwood Mac lyrics "Just a time within a time, Just a scheme within a scheme, A little world within a world...." ♥

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  2. I know I never comment but I'm glad I came over and took a peek this morning. That is quite incredible! I love learning something new about nature! Thanks for sharing here.
    Momadness

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  3. Interesting. In all my years of seeing farm eggs, I also had never seen that.

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  4. That's an incredible and positive omen: an egg within an egg.

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  5. Val-- I love that this post reminded you of those lyrics. Quite wonderful. Thank you for that.

    Momadness-- So good to see you here, and thank you for commenting. We were absolutely blown away by this egg and really glad we photographed it and documented it.

    Rain-- It is a rare phenomenon, and certainly one that we had never heard of. Love being surprised by something new!

    MandT-- It does have an interesting sense to it, doesn't it? An egg within an egg, such a thing to hold and behold.

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  6. Whoa - Rare to experience mind-boggling, and not have it be horrific.

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  7. Now that is weird. I have never heard of such a thing.

    We look forward to reading even more posts in the coming year!

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  8. isabelita-- Mind-boggling, and thankfully not horrific. Interesting and weird.

    Mark-- We hadn't heard of it either. It's always cool when life hands us a quiz like this, and we get to know the answer. Looking forward to your posts too!

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  9. That is amazing. I'd have really freaked if there was a smaller egg inside the second one. Would have been like nesting dolls.

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  10. Wow! Makes me think of M.C. Escher! Mind-expanding.

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  11. Happy New Year to you and Roger and all the family. I've heard of double eggs like that but never actually seen one. Amazing and perhaps a good omen for a special year in 2015.

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  12. Arkansas Patti-- I love your idea of nesting dolls. It's so weirdly interesting!

    am-- It really was a mind-expanding moment. We loved it!

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  13. NCmountainwoman-- We had never heard of such a thing. What a surprise it was. Happy New Year to you and the family!

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  14. New on for me, too, and fascinating explanation. What if the crack in the cosmic egg reveals another egg inside? Glad the hen didn't become egg bound.

    Happy New Year. Looking forward to reading about your exploration of life in your new location.

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  15. Minnie-- Wouldn't it have been crazy interesting if there was another egg in the inner egg? But there wasn't, which is probably a very good thing for that hen. Thank you for your good wishes. Happy New Year to you too!

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  16. Wow! I've seen, collected and eaten tons of freshly laid eggs and have never seen or heard of this before.
    I hope the poor hen is doing okay!

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  17. Pat-- That egg surprised all of us!

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