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Chikken practical jokes

What the hell, girls? This thing was on the floor of the henhouse, not in the nest, so I suppose there’s an outside chance some passing robin snuck in and laid it (European robin’s eggs are not robin’s egg blue). But it looks exactly like one of theirs, only stupidly small.

I think I’ll keep it.

Posted in response to this picture kindly sent to me by Clifford Scridlow. It’s a nice try, dude, but I think shame is outside a chicken’s emotional repertoire.

Spare me a thought. I’m going in tomorrow. I don’t feel too bad, but I’m a thoroughly disgusting gurgling water feature on legs. I’ve packed an entire roll of paper towels in my bag.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 20, 2015, 8:51 pm

I believe that handsome but unproductive bird is a cuckoo maran.

Oooo…speaking of which, I heard my first cuckoo the other day, in the field behind the house. We don’t have those in the States, do we?

Comment from dissent555
Time: May 20, 2015, 11:49 pm

Interesting –

Never heard of them before.

Comment from Brother Cavil, by the Pale Moon light
Time: May 20, 2015, 11:53 pm

Yes, I think we have cuckoos here.

Which I suppose is better than getting trolled by chickens…

Comment from Brother Cavil, by the Pale Moon light
Time: May 20, 2015, 11:59 pm

Huh. Now that I look it up apparently roadrunners are part of the same family as cuckoos. Interesting.

Comment from Nina
Time: May 21, 2015, 12:00 am

You’ll need a lot of those to make an omlet!

Comment from mojo
Time: May 21, 2015, 12:14 am

It’s Loons they don’t have.

I mean the birds, obviously.

Comment from mojo
Time: May 21, 2015, 12:16 am

What about Coots? Do they have those in Europe? Codgers, sure…

Comment from RimrockR
Time: May 21, 2015, 12:29 am

There is a high likelihood it is truly from one of your girls. My flock of adult hens drops one of these mini eggs about one a year. It may be that it just dropped out (bloop) while one of them was walking!

ps we have our little cuckoo marans chicks in the house right now and they are truly cuckoo birds.

Comment from mojo
Time: May 21, 2015, 12:36 am

Is it proportional, ie yolk size, shell thickness to scale?

Comment from Stark Dickflüßiᵹ
Time: May 21, 2015, 2:05 am

Nah. It’s the squirrels up to their egg-laying shenanigans again.

Though I have to say, squirrel egg omolemelemete with duck cheese is pretty awesome.

Comment from scottthebadger
Time: May 21, 2015, 6:11 am

Duck Cheese! MMMMMMMM!

Comment from Fob Fyllain
Time: May 21, 2015, 2:34 pm

What? What? Speak up, you young colonial wench!
It is good to have spare tissue around, why that one time at Asbury Heights I remember Joan Baez or was it Judy Garland or June Collins or other we

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 21, 2015, 6:51 pm

I get the occasional softie, layer unknown. Those seem to sneak out in awkward places, like on the perch or the ramp.

Like, “oopsie! Well, look at what I just did!”*blush*

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