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Old 09-22-2011, 04:52 PM   #31
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My mom picked them up at an Amish market. It was a regular carton of eggs, I guess it must have been in the nest box for a while before the farmer found it. That's the only thing I could think of.
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Old 09-22-2011, 05:13 PM   #32
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ahhh, the Amish market... that explains it.
Yes, healthier chickens, but ones allowed to... "mingle".
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Old 09-22-2011, 05:19 PM   #33
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ahhh, the Amish market... that explains it.
Yes, healthier chickens, but ones allowed to... "mingle".
Mystery solved, Pac! Free range chickens, but skip the eggs. Unless you want them with extra protein.
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Old 09-22-2011, 05:31 PM   #34
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That's still pretty disturbing one was allowed to incubate for so long.
People hear "farmers' market" and such and automatically think healthier, but I suppose there are gov't inspections for a reason. It's a no win no win situation, lol.
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Old 09-22-2011, 05:32 PM   #35
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I like free range eggs. I think it would be important to make sure they aren't free ranging with the boys though if you are going to sell the eggs. All in all I still buy farm fresh eggs. I just check them first.
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Old 09-22-2011, 05:35 PM   #36
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The funny thing is my parents still get eggs from them. It only happened once, and I should clarify, it wasn't super far along. It wasn't like a chicken with feathers and the like it just looked like a fetus so to speak. It was between the size of a nickle and a quarter.
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Old 09-22-2011, 05:36 PM   #37
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It was gross, but I wouldn't say completely developed, just partially.
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Old 09-22-2011, 05:38 PM   #38
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Yeah, but if they are true free range hens they need the boys around for protection. I keep my hens in a "yard", which is a fancy word for pen. They don't need a rooster around, but a flock allowed to roam does. A rooster goes a long ways in keeping the girls together and small critters at bay.
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Old 09-22-2011, 05:57 PM   #39
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I have my hens in a yard, with 2 roosters, so most all of my eggs are fertilized. It is possible to miss an egg for a couple days, especially if you have broody hens. Broody girls are in a maternal frame of mind, and don't move (except to pinch you hard with their beaks) even when you reach around under them for the eggs in that nest. If you are not thorough, you can miss one. Or, you can find a nest that a hen has made on her own, if your hens have enough room to roam, and not realize that a hen has been setting on those eggs.

For the first 2 days of incubation, the only way to tell a fertilized egg is to look for a little white circle or donut about the size of a pencil eraser on the yolk.

After 3 days of incubation, the yolk will look like a bloodshot eyeball as the embryo begins to develop--takes about a week for an egg to get to the OMG-that's-a-chick stage. These are obviously blood vessels--NOT to be confused with a blood spot in the egg--a speck to dime size spot. That comes from the hen, and is a bit of blood from her reproductive tract. Not harmful, just not esthetically pleasing.

So--they may have had a broody hen with a nest in an out of the way corner, and when someone found it, they gathered the eggs and sold them.

However, people who are selling eggs at a farmers market in Missouri must candle them before they sell them using a strong light to check for embryos and other defects.
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I had one hen that was broody all the time, three times a year. Tossing her off the nestbox broke that frame of mind after a few days. Otherwise she wouldn't get off to even eat.
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