Saturday, March 24, 2012

Getting a Pullet Surprise

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Look at the size of this chicken egg!
(A normal L size egg is on its right.)

I hard boiled it and what did I get?
A pullet surprise!

The veteran moshavnik in our village grocery explained that this abnormality can happen when a pullet (a young hen) is still a bit confused about this egg laying business.

Or, as Wikipedia explains it in big words, "Double-yolk eggs occur when ovulation occurs too rapidly, or when one yolk becomes joined with another yolk. These eggs may be the result of a young hen's reproductive cycle not yet being synchronized."

Once every household in this moshav ( [former] collective agricultural settlement) was required by the State to have a big hen house for egg production, like the one shown above.
Recently times have changed and this is no longer the case.
When I moved to this village in 2006 about a dozen were still functioning (albeit with foreign workers, not Israelis, doing the work).
Now there are just a handful of loolim, chicken runs.

And the ridiculous thing is that Tnuva Food Industries now has to import eggs from Turkey and other countries.
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(This post, worthy of a Pulitzer Prize, is for Camera-Critters.)
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31 comments:

Misty Dawn said...

Cool! Hmmmm... I'm suddenly very hungry for an egg sandwich!

TexWisGirl said...

oh, that poor young one! :)

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Interesting post.

Regards and best wishes

Rob and Mandy said...

And the Oscar goes to... the 14th chick on the left!

twobarkingdogs said...

haha! I love getting double yolks .. always a fun surprise!


Please stop by my blog for a link to a new movie coming out soon called "Darling Companion" with Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline. I thought I would share with all of the Camera Critters! I haven't seen it yet .. but I'm looking forward to seeing it. Let me know what you think!

Pat said...

Very interesting! You learn something new every day.

mick said...

Very interesting. We used to love getting double yolks when we were children.

Vintageelena said...

Sounds like Israel is on the same arc the us traveled--from producing our own food to "farming" it out to--producing our own food! In my suburban city, which was agricultural just twenty short years ago, we hae traveled this arc--from farm stands to chain grocery stores to a group of concerned citizens houndingt he city council until chicken coops were finally approved. Sooner or later, people realize that no amount of convenicence beats locallly harvested food.-Great "yolk" by the way!

Ruta said...

What a great surprise!

Robert Geiss said...

Amazing. Never seen before. Thank you for teaching. Please have a good Sunday.

Sara said...

That's quite a sight, Dina. And an extra dose of goodness for lunch too.

Hels said...

This might be off-topic but your post rekindled some very old memories.

When I was living in Israel the first time (in 1966), the older kibbutznikim were still passionate about eggs. Apparently in 1948, during the War of Independence, adult members of kibbutz had been rationed one egg a week, to be eaten on a saturday night. The egg was precious, and lovingly savoured.

Theanne said...

When I was a child the finding of a double yolker in the nest was always exciting!

crystal said...

Amazing egg :)

chubskulit said...

Such a big difference.

My Critter post, have a blessed Sunday!

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

I am first time seeing two egg yokes in one egg ! that's amazing !

Olga Levina said...

A bit spooky though, isn't it? :-)

Regarding art year in Tel Aviv - you're right, lot of it is free! The official page is here - http://www.artyear.co.il/en/ - and it includes links to events outside of Tel Aviv as well. Hope you get to enjoy some of it as well!

RuneE said...

That is not only breakfast - it is a whole dinner!

PS Thank you for the comment - lots of hornblowing yesterday :-)

spacedlaw said...

I little the idea of a confused chicken. I can imagine them trying to concentrate on what comes first (yellow or white?) and how much of each goes in(one helping, two?)

eileeninmd said...

I use to love seeing the double yolks. Interesting post but a shame that eggs now have to be imported.

JM said...

First time I see such a thing. Amazing!

This is Belgium said...

ha ha ! I have seen this before .. can not remember how when and where
enjoyed this
anni

Suzanne said...

Lucky loolim find! The moshav that I stayed on for a while is a chicken industry moshav. Kisalon, not far outside of Jerusalem.

mirae said...

hi beautiful Dina, well nice photo to capture another one of nature's mistakes et comment est-ce que tu savais que j'ai eu deux oeufs pour le petit déjeuner? haha.
merci
shalom.

Pietro said...

Interesting, it's the first time I see an egg with a double yolk!

VP said...

I learned a lot of things about eggs, which I do not like much, so my vote for the prize is assured!

Robin said...

What a fun surprise - much more so to find it hard boiled than just cracked in a pan :). (Makes me ache a bit for the mama though, poor thing laying an egg that big LOL.)

mirae said...

edit-I meant to say another one of nature's beautiful mistakes!

n'est-ce pas?

Kay said...

Oh my gosh! This is truly amazing! I've never seen anything like this.

Spiderdama said...

Twice as much protein, good for my body! Send over some:-)
Nice post!

Nathalie said...

Import eggs from Turkey? How sad...

The double yolk egg is fascinating.