This was the first egg laid by our new chickens that hatched in mid October. (Henry the Husband is the hand model here.)
They come in all shapes, colors, and sizes.
The one on the left is a "normal" size egg. The little one had no yolk.
We have 13 laying hens (5 older, 8 young). We collect about a dozen a day at this time of year when they're at peak production.
We have red sex linked, black sex linked, and red or black sex linked crossed with black copper marans chickens.
We're selectively breeding for hens that lay dark eggs, but as you can see, genetics are complicated.
You can't get a dozen like this at the supermarket.
Young hens will often lay "double yolkers" when their reproductive systems are first learning to synchronize egg release. This one was laid by an older hen, ramping up production for the spring laying season. (Henry's hand again.)