The Strange Fairy Chicken Egg

Eggs come in all different sizes and colors, but I bet you have never heard of a “fart or fairy” egg? These eggs can also be called dwarf egg or wind egg. Fairy eggs are more common from pullet chickens but older hens may lay yolk-less eggs also. The fairly eggs are eggs without a yolk and will and usually will appear when the pullet chicken are young and first attempting to lay eggs. A fart egg is small and round and will resemble a grape or marble but could be as big as a ping pong ball. The color of the fart egg is darker and more vibrant since the smaller egg will receive an extra dose of dye from the slower journey through the oviduct. Fairy or fart eggs are nothing to be concerned about; it just means that the hen has not released a yolk (ovum) yet in her body during her production of eggs phase mainly due to lack of maturity in the hen.

The question does arise, can fairy eggs be eaten? Personally I do not eat them since most of he nutrition from eggs is in the yolk of the egg and that is what fart eggs are missing. I have read that people do eat them, for me I use them for education purposes. I use these eggs to help explain to newbie back yard chicken farmers the production cycle of young hens laying eggs for the family.

Have you ever received a fairy chicken egg from your flock before? We would love to hear from you.

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Posted by Tom

I have always had an enthusiasm for homesteading and for living off the grid even though I live in a combination of country and urban setting. Living in Central Florida north of the big cities we have the best of both worlds, country and the conveniences that a person would have living in a large urban city. I personally have had a concern about our weakening economy and how it effects each and every-one of us. The second thing that I have a concern about is how most of the world view’s our country and what may happen one day here in the United States. My Life Experiences I was raised by parents that grew up during the great depression, they passed onto me what life was like and how people had to live during this time period. My family were farmers, gardeners, and homesteaders, they were raised this way and they passed onto me these qualities. I also have family members that live totally off the grid. They live in the North Woods of Minnesota which is a great location for living off the grid. The Southern Homesteader is a passion of mine, I love passing on and sharing information about cooking, news, being self-sufficient, living off the grid, canning, food storage, budgeting, and much more. Since this blog is a passion of mine I am constantly adding and tweaking this site to be a better resource for you. More About Me I grew up in Northern Illinois farm fields. After spending most of my life in large corporate business I decided to relocate to a small town on the nature coast of Central Florida. This is where I met my wife and between us we have 4 wonderful daughters. We have a small homestead where we raise our chicken and live freely. We also have a bug-out place in the mountains of North Carolina that we call our retreat. We spend time there getting things prepared for all our family members when SHTF. I am blessed with a wonderful family and the knowledge that God has given me so I can pass this along to you the readers. I will never tell what you what to do or what to purchase, I just am offering my opinion. I want to take this time to thank each and every one of you. Always feel free to contact me and drop me a note. I will do my best to respond to your emails in a timely manner. Thank you again, Tom Johnson