I have a strange chicken egg ...
Susan Jane Hogarth
sjhogart at unity.ncsu.edu
Sun Feb 9 18:48:15 EST 1997
Tom Fantacone wrote:
> I bought some eggs at the supermarket the other day. One of them has a
> small brown spot on the shell, and a tiny white feather growing out of
> the spot. Is this very unusual? What could cause it?
Are you _certain_ the feather is *growing* out of the spot? This sounds
like what I used to see all the time when I kept hens - a blood spot
would be left on the shell by the hen, and feathers would stick to it...
When the pullets (young hens) first start laying, they haven't gotten
the shell part down right; so often an egg will be laid which is
"softshell" but otherwise perfectly formed (although often the first few
eggs are small and round...)
> Should I eat it?
Why? If it bothers you in the *least*, I wouln't begrudge the nickel the
egg may have cost - toss it. OR...
> Should I expose it to radiation and see if it hatches into a super
Go for it! ;-) Hmmm, reminds me of an H.G. Wells story... (but then, so
do *most* things :)
> Looking for answers to at least some of these questions ...
I'm afraid you probably got more than you bargained for ;-)
<sigh> I *miss* having chickens around....
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