"Did one of the chickens lay that?" "Maybe another bird snuck in and laid an egg?" "It gives me the creeps. Get rid of it."
Those were things I heard from my kids when I brought in the egg on the left.
Now my chickens laid small eggs when they were first starting out. The egg in the middle is our very first egg. The egg on the right is the size we get today.
My chickens are 4 years old. Teeny tiny eggs should be a thing of the past. If you click on the picture, you'll see that the shell is badly formed. Very bumpy and different colors. I don't know which hen laid it, but I'm sure the others are jealous. It couldn't have been much work at all to lay such a tiny egg.
Just out of curiosity, I cracked it open---no yolk. I'm sure there's some biological answer to why this occurred, and unfortunately I have to know. Google and I will be spending some time together today. I'll also be consulting my numerous chicken books. After all, we wouldn't want egg laying aliens to have gotten into my nest box in order to take over the world. Oh well, at least we know it wouldn't be a very big alien.
Something must be in the air, because Danni over at On the Way to Critter Farm got the same sort of egg today. She weighed hers though. Go see how much her weighs. See if it has an alien inside it.
PS...Darn, and I really wanted a yolkless, tiny egg to mean that aliens were invading. Here's what egg experts have to say about it:
Yolkless eggs are usually formed about a bit of tissue that is sloughed off the ovary or oviduct. This tissue stimulates the secreting glands of the oviduct and a yolkless egg results.