This morning as I was going out to let the chickens out, I found the tiniest little egg out in the chicken yard!
We have 3 batches of chickens. Our oldest batch are over a year old and lay normal sized eggs (on the left). Our second batch are about 5 months old and have just started to lay. Their eggs are smaller; their eggs will increase in size as they mature. They are called "pullet eggs." The third batch is only 3 months old and shouldn't be laying yet ... but then who laid this tiny thing on the right?
I checked over at one of my favorite blogs, BackyardChickens.com, and found that this sometimes happens but the egg is not fully formed. Sure enough, when I broke it open, there was not a typical yolk inside. The young pullet probably wasn't expecting this to happen, since the egg was in the middle of the grass and not in a nesting area!
It was a cute little surprise from one of those 4 youngest pullets! The family cracked up when I showed it to them. You learn something new every day!