Several people asked about the "fart egg" that I pictured on
Instagram and Facebook yesterday.
I'll try to explain.
Here is the picture, as posted:
I found this egg just outside the open pophole of the coop, yesterday, as I was
I remembered that yesterday morning, I had heard a LOUD cackle while I
was clear over on the porch, from a hen who sounded very surprised. Many hens
cackle, though, as they lay.
When I saw this egg, I thought to myself "WOW, was that her first?"
In December I brought home four cochin hens from the National
Agricultural Center . All were just coming into lay, or so I thought,
so... I suspect one or two has not yet.
"Fart" or "fairy eggs" are described as thus:
A fairy, or fart egg, is usually defined by the fact that there is only white matter,
but no yolk.
How then, do we explain this? I could tell the egg was heavier than normal.
If you look at the picture above, you will see the two fairy eggs are much smaller than a regular egg,
but I did not think to put mine next to a regular size egg.
I was stunned to find a fully-developed yolk AND a fertilized chick
embryo in this egg when I broke it open five minutes ago.
What the heck?
I have never had a fully developed yolk in one that I remember.
My guess is that one or all of the young cochins is only just coming into lay.
I hope this answers all your questions about
fart or fairy eggs.