12 Dec

There’s this funny thing about doing a blog … there’s something I’ve been wanting to write for a couple of weeks but, since Christmas is approaching faster than seems possible, I’ve just been too busy to write it. But the Christmas tree is finally up & we’re no longer the only people on our block whose outside decorations are still in a box in the attic.  Most of the ‘neighborhood pressure’ is finally off. So I’ve been looking forward to getting that blog entry written at least by next week.

But what happened to that best “laid” plan? Along comes breakfast today & a new carton (is that thing with inside divisions you get eggs in called a carton or a container?) of eggs & suddenly my previous idea has taken a back seat to eggs & I just need to write about them.

Are chickens getting smaller?

I’ve always bought Extra Large eggs because you get more bang for your buck, or at least it seems that way. In the absence of those luxury-size Extra Large eggs at the grocery store I often buy Large Eggs because there’s not a lot of size difference (until recently) & with eggs, to me anyway, size DOES matter.

But does it matter to the chicken?

I keep asking myself that question as the eggs keep getting smaller. Today the Large Eggs that came in the carton as “Large” that I opened for breakfast seemed more like Medium Eggs. So I’m wondering … & this is one of the most serious concerns I’ve had today … if the chickens are the same size but are just more delicate & squatting to produce a Medium-size egg has become a little easier & maybe even simpler than the larger sizes.

I don’t have a clue what goes into the production of an egg at the cellular level but bringing it forth into the world from whatever orifice it erupts must be difficult, if not downright painful. So I’m thinking maybe chickens have become unionized, have taken a vote &, like so many businesses & restaurants today, are downsizing. Since the chickens are really “in charge,” I suppose those people who package & market eggs have to cooperate & label the eggs as they always have, even though the product is smaller. Like jelly & pickles that have a space-taking bubble on the bottom of their jars but charge the same price as those in the previous bubbleless jars, are “worker chickens” demanding ‘same pay for less product?’ It’s a dilemma & we should all be concerned.

What if the chickens are actually getting smaller & trying to keep up with the demands expected of them as compared to their somewhat larger feathered, beaked predecessors? Just where does the “chicken union” step in & make this right? Are smaller chickens geared towards political correctness & prefer to be called “Little Chickens” as opposed to “midget chickens?” Do they find the latter offensive?

And what about the consumers? Just where do we fall in this area of supply & demand? Should we expect honesty in labeling? Should we expect to find Large & Extra Large eggs in cartons with those labels or should we just accept that Medium eggs are in those cartons? Should the consumer take this “laying” down? I think not. I believe we should stand up for “Truth in Labeling,” if there is such a thing & if there isn’t … then there should be.

In the “end,” I believe if we are to accept Medium Eggs in Large or Extra Large Eggs cartons, then the selling establishment should provide us with those “cents off” coupons to compensate. Or simply change the labels. Heck, I don’t even care if the prices stay the same. I just want to KNOW what I’m getting inside those cartons.

Of course, I DO know because I open each carton before purchasing it to see just how many eggs … regardless of size … got smashed during shipping & rather rough handling.

I do want to state here that I have a huge amount of respect for chickens & what they must go through to squat & produce an egg, regardless of size. I hope their union cuts them a fair deal.

Since I don’t use & buy brown eggs, that’s an area I just won’t wander into right now but it does bring up a number of questions right off the bat. Are brown egg producing chickens a specific breed? Do they produce only brown eggs or can an occasional white one slip out & into the egg supply? Are brown eggs bigger & how are THEY labeled … truthfully? Can we trust “truth in labeling” for brown eggs? And do chickens who are brown egg “layers” also have a union????

In today’s world & in support of chickens everywhere I’d just like to say that ALL eggs matter, as does size. And if chickens ever go on strike, I will support them to the “end” & swear never to cross a “chicken picket” line. And honestly, I don’t care which came first – the chicken or the union …




11 Responses to “Eggs”

  1. John Irvine December 12, 2015 at 11:14 pm #

    “White eggs are laid by white-feathered chickens with white or light coloured earlobes while the brown ones are laid by brown-feathered chickens with red earlobes. You would be correct to assume that there are more white eggs in the market than brown ones but that’s because breeding and raising white-feathered chickens is much cheaper. Since they aren’t fed as much as their brown counterparts.”

    The same is happening in NZ, Linda… the eggs are getting smaller and my theory is that their bums are getting tighter!! (snigger)

    Fortunately we buy our eggs mainly from the farm shop across the road, and usually I buy their wonderful big duck eggs.

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    • heimdalco December 13, 2015 at 4:51 am #

      Well, you made me REALLY^ laugh out loud, John. Thank you for one of my best laughs today …


  2. Tony December 12, 2015 at 11:24 pm #

    Lol😊 The bigger question is “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”
    Guess in the end it all tastes like Chicken!! Lol.
    You always have wonderful things to ponder Linda. LOL.
    Thanks for sharing 😀

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    • John Irvine December 12, 2015 at 11:56 pm #

      The main thing I have noticed in modern times is that commercial eggs are tasteless. The chooks which lay the eggs we buy are free range and eat grass. They taste likes eggs used to taste back when…

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      • heimdalco December 13, 2015 at 4:55 am #

        Cool, John. You really know your chicken —- stuff. Big hugs …


    • heimdalco December 13, 2015 at 4:52 am #

      Too funny, Tony. Wonderful reply …


    • heimdalco December 13, 2015 at 4:56 am #

      Too funny, Tony. Wonderful reply …


  3. Willy December 13, 2015 at 1:13 am #

    John knows his stuff about eggs! Here I am married to someone where size INDEED matters, but when it’s on the plate….it’s just egg. As to the unionization of chickens, where would the cock fit in I ask myself. Better leave the heavy thinking to Linda and what topic will arise next?

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    • heimdalco December 13, 2015 at 4:54 am #

      Yep, John knows his chicken …. stuff. Funny reply, Willy. I was writing this right after breakfast …


  4. Les December 13, 2015 at 2:43 am #

    This was very informative and so funny Linda, thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    • heimdalco December 13, 2015 at 4:49 am #

      Thank you, Leslie … this is how I get sidetracked doing the simplest stuff like fixing breakfast …LOL


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