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15 Fun Egg Facts For Egg Day (June 3)

June 3rd is Egg Day! Celebrate with these 15 egg-cellent facts you may not have known about one of nature's near-perfect foods!

Fry them, poach them, boil or bake them—any way you crack them, eggs are delicious and nutritious. They’re considered nature’s most perfect foods, packed with protein and amino acids.  As much as we rely on them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and dessert, of course!), there are many interesting facts about eggs that aren’t common knowledge.

Enjoy some of these lesser-known tidbits about eggs:

15 Fun Facts About Eggs

  1. Chef hats traditionally have pleats equal to the number of ways that you can cook an egg.
  2. Harriet, a hen from the United Kingdom, laid the world’s largest egg in 2010. Her astonishing egg measured 9.1 inches in diameter.
  3. It takes a hen between 24 and 26 hours to develop an egg. Once she lays an egg, the development of a new egg normally starts within 30 minutes.
  4. Chickens don’t produce one egg at a time. Instead, producing hens normally have several eggs in various stages of development.
  5. Eggshell colors have nothing to do with the flavor or nutritional value of the egg. Brown, white, and even blue and green eggshells are simply indicative of the breed of hen.
  6. The hen’s diet determines the color of the yolk. Some producers feed natural supplements like marigold petals so that their hens lay eggs with brighter yolks.
  7. There are several reasons why commonly we eat chicken eggs instead of duck or turkey eggs. Chickens lay more eggs, they need less nesting space, and they don’t have the strong mothering instincts of turkeys and ducks, which makes egg collection easier.
  8. White eggs are more popular among commercial producers because chickens that lay white eggs tend to be smaller than their brown egg-laying cousins, therefore needing less food to produce the same number of eggs.
  9. Most of today’s egg-laying hens are White Leghorns (white eggs) or Rhode Island Reds and Barred Plymouth Rocks (brown eggs).
  10. Not all chickens create eggs equally. Some breeds lay eggs almost every day. Other breeds lay eggs every other day or once to twice per week.
  11. When it comes to the number of eggs laid each year, Iowa leads the nation with more than 14.8 billion eggs produced annually. Ohio is the next state in line, producing 7.9 billion eggs each year.
  12. Eating raw eggs won’t help you build muscle. Only 51% of the proteins in raw eggs are digestible, while 91% of the proteins in cooked eggs are digestible.
  13. Can’t tell if that egg in the refrigerator is raw or hardboiled? Try spinning it! Raw eggs wobble as the liquid inside shifts, but hardboiled eggs spin smoothly.
  14. Because older eggs have larger air cells, they’re much easier to peel than fresh eggs.
  15. Cloudy egg whites mean that the eggs are extremely fresh, while clear egg whites are an indicator of older eggs.  Cloudiness of raw white is due to the natural presence of carbon dioxide that has not had time to escape through the shell and is an indication of a very fresh egg. As eggs age, carbon dioxide escapes and the white becomes more transparent. Other colors in the egg white may be a sign of spoilage, so if it’s not cloudy-white or clear, don’t eat it! Read: How to tell if your supermarket eggs are fresh.
Egg freshness test. Two glasses of water and Eggs. The fresh egg will sink but the rotten one will float.
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Amber Kanuckel

Amber Kanuckel is a freelance writer from rural Ohio who loves all things outdoors. She specializes in home, garden, environmental, and green living topics.

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Dumdum

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Jacqueline

Hahahhaha some of the comments are as good as the article….

Ed

I had lived on a poultry farm growing up with over 60,000 lays hen on site at a time. with several different breeds of chickens…all these were feed the same feed…and YES there is a difference in the taste of white to brown egg shelled chicken….the yolks of the brown eggs normally have a strong taste….I’ve proven it myself in a blind taate test several times. Yes chickens sometimes lay double yolk eggs…..this due to that chicken being under some sort of stress in the eggs developement….I have even seen chickens lay eggs without a hard shell..just in the eggs inner membrane

Eric

Egg-citing informations.

Victor Nelson

Very intresting artile.. Am happy that i sign up with farmers almanac. I learned some garden stuff i did not know. thank you i am going to try them in my garden.

marcia smith

Very helpful. Thank you

Lorraine

I found this article very useful.

Lisa G

I enjoyed this article and learned quite a bit from it. We eat a lot of eggs and plan on getting some chickens soon. My favorite eggs are the brown organic eggs, although my husband says he can’t tell the difference, but the yolks seem much richer. My favorite way to eat eggs is fried dippy style, scrambled with cream, coddled, and egg salad. 🙂

Raven

My five hens are pastured, in that they have half of my backyard to run around in. Their yolks are nice and yellow orange. The more access they have to bugs and greens, the darker the yolks. A few years ago, we had a grasshopper plague and their yolks were almost red from all the grasshoppers they managed to eat. They were happy hens!

Carolynn Thompson

The color of the eggshell is determined by the color of the hens earlobes. White feathers, white earlobes, white eggshells!

adrian

Red dots – not a baby chick, just an anomaly and no harm to eat them. here is the UK we prefer brown eggs, but there is no nutritional difference. Cubed beetroot can help with getting better egg yolk colour too.

Betty Burns

To test for freshness, put in water, if it stays flat it’s fresh, if it tips up its ready for boiling, if it floats throw it away careful not to break it because rotten eggs smell awful.

Anne

What causes an egg to contain two yolks?

Savannanh

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Frances Wilson

My favorite is in Pizza Roostica. It is an Italian Classic from Naples. Also scrambled eggs with hot sausage, mozzarella , Munster, and basket cheese. Another Italian Classic.

Melanie

Why are the yolks so large these days? I eat hard boiled eggs and there seems to be very little white.

Eric

What do you feed your chickens in order to get nice bright orange yolks?

Christine R

Years ago, I asked my friend what it took to fly a helicopter(he was a pilot). He said put a spoon in each hand and turn it upside down………..put an egg on each spoon and walk 25 feet. If you can do that……..you can fly a helicopter. Hard-boiled works best…….less mess.

Paulette

Isn’t a red dot in an egg the beginning of a chick? I have found these in EB brand rggs quite often.

Timothy Dillon

This was eggscellent, thank you. 🙂

Julie E.

I love egg salad sandwiches. But I love eggs anyway, I eat between 3 and 4 dozen eggs a month and I live alone. I eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If I bake that month, there is another dozen added to my total. In fact I collect egg cups and egg cooking machines as a hobby. My kitchen is decorated in roosters and chickens and my favorite meat to eat is, you guessed it, CHICKEN.

Rita C.

We’ve got backyard chickens that we raised from newly hatched 5 years ago. The yolks in my eggs are almost orange, they’re so brilliant! I got 2 other hens from a friend a few months ago and those hens were laying eggs with light yellow yolks. I have determined that the more stuff you feed them (like chicken scratch, which is great in the winter to help keep them warm) the less brilliant their yolks will be. They now lay eggs with bright almost orange yolks – TRUE free-range, organic eggs 🙂

Sarah

Poor Harriet! 9.1 inches diameter is quite large!

Chrystal C

Wow I absolutely love these facts!

Liz

Nice article..I have been the poultry secretary for the Western Michigan Fair for many years and some of your facts were my trivia questions for the 4-H kids to answer.:)

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