Monday, November 05, 2012

An ostrich in the barn?!

The other day, one of the Muscovy ducks laid one whopper of a gigantic egg...


On the left is a regular duck egg, which is larger than a chicken egg. On the right is the monstrosity we found down in the duck coop!


130 grams! That's 4.6 oz for you Americans. :) That egg is a quarter-pounder.


A normal duck egg next to the humungo-egg. I haven't cracked it open yet, but I'm wondering  how many yolks are inside. All the girl-ducks seem fine, so whoever laid it managed to do so without blowing out her vent!

You never know what you'll find in the barn...

32 comments:

  1. This made me clench a little...YEEOOWWW!!!!!

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  2. I remember on the farm there were double yolked eggs. As kids we always wanted the double yolked egg.

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    1. We get the odd chicken egg that's a double yolker, but this was the first double-yolked duck egg (my friend Ronna cooked it up!)

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  3. I have obviously never laid an egg, but can i just say ouch...lol

    so do you eat/cook with duck eggs?

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    1. I do! I think they taste like chicken eggs, maybe a little richer, and the yolk and white are a bit firmer/denser. They are GREAT in baking. Just substitue a duck egg one for one for a chicken egg. I think things rise better with duck eggs.

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  4. I have laid eggs (of the musical kind), but the public seems to have forgotten them. If eggs can have two yolks, can they have no yolks?

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    1. They can! We get all kinds of freak-show eggs when the chickens start laying for the first time. It's like they crank out some mistakes before things start working properly. You also sometimes get eggs without proper shells, or with weird, soft gelatinous shells...

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  5. You sure you don't have geese?

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    1. Well you know, I caught the ducks fraternizing with some Canada geese last week. Hmmmmm...

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  6. Did you hear any anguished duck grunting before the egg appeared?

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    1. Hahaha! can you imagine the scream that would accompany that thing?

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  7. Someone is a show off!
    Jane x

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  8. You're probably right. An ostrich must have sneaked in overnight just to see if you were paying attention. Look for dinosaur-like prints if the ground isn't frozen yet.

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    1. I'm keeping my eyes peeled.

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  9. You would think she must have hurt herself. Maybe she will be out of commission for a while.

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    1. I haven't seen any blown vents!

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  10. I think you should let that one hatch to see if you'll get twins!

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  11. I served Richard that egg. A HUGE double yolker that fried up nicely, thank you very much!

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    1. that thing was enormous!

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  12. The double-yolked eggs I've had were normal size. Have you seen a seven-foot tall, long (featherless)necked, flightless bird hanging out near the duck pens? (Seeing that egg still makes me go "ow.")

    janet

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    1. Haven't yet, but I am watching for one!

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  13. Wow! what an omlette that would make!

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  14. I think every woman is saying yikes at the sight of that huge egg! Do you think she marched around the barnyard singing, "I did it, I did it..."? ~ Maureen

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  15. We've had every size from teeny-weeny, to HUGE, from our hens, this year. Now they're moulting, and refusing to lay at all.

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    1. Argh, the annual moult!

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  16. That is amazing. Do duck eggs taste different than chicken eggs?

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    1. They are a little richer, but not much different. And the yolks and whites are firmer! They're great in baking.

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