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tips Quirky facts about chickens and eggs.

Pecking order

Ever wondered where that term came from? Common since the 1920’s, the term describes how flocks of poultry organise themselves socially; each bird pecks another lower in the scale without fear of retaliation and lets itself be pecked by one of higher rank. It seems though that the pecking order is constantly changing, so the birds are always considering where they fit in.

At Wairarapa Eggs, if certain birds are really having a hard time due to their ranking in the pecking order, we’ll make sure they are looked after for a while in a separate ‘day spa’ facility.

How long does it take to lay an egg?

A hen needs between 24 – 26 hours to produce each egg. Half an hour after laying, the process begins all over again. As a hen gets older, the size of the eggs she lays increases and the shell itself gets thinner.

Why are some hens’ eggs brown and some white?

The colour of an egg shell has nothing to do with the quality or flavour but is all to do with genes (the scientific type, not the denim ones). Brown and white eggs are simply laid by different breeds of hen.

What do the different sizes mean?

Eggs are graded by weight and vary from about 40-80 grams per egg. Sizes 6-7 are the most common size used for baking, while size 6’s are more commonly used for poaching. Sizes 7-8 are great for omelettes and frying.

In New Zealand there’s a minimum size for each grade:
Jumbo (8): 68g
Large (7): 62g
Standard (6): 53g
Medium (5): 44g
Pullet (4): 35g
Mixed grade – a selection of different sized eggs

For more interesting facts, visit www.eggs.org.nz/facts.html

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