- The largest single chicken egg ever laid weighed a pound with a double yolk and double shell
- The most expensive egg ever sold was the Faberge “Winter Egg” sold in 1994 for $5.6 million.
- In cooking, eggs are “the cement that holds the castle of cuisine together.” because of their ability to bind, leaven, thicken, emulsify, clarify, and more in all types of recipes.
- A mother hen turns over her egg about fifty times per day (so the yolk won’t stick to the sides of the shell) .
- The hen must eat 4 pounds of feed to make a dozen eggs.
- It takes a hen 24-26 hours to produce one egg.
- A hen is born with a finite number of eggs.
- While it is customary to throw rice at weddings in many countries, French brides break an egg on the threshold of their new home before stepping in- for luck and healthy babies.
- Chickens came to the New World with Columbus on his second trip in 1493.
- Iowa is the largest producer of eggs in the United States followed by Ohio and Indiana. NOTE: Maryland is ranked 30th
- The United States produces nearly 95.2 billion eggs.
- Often a hen will sing “the egg song” before or after she lays an egg. Some will sing during the process of laying. It is a cheerful song that seems to be a proud announcement.