My friend Sam was in Xenia, Ohio recently and brought back these eggs for me, just a day after they were laid. Wasn't that nice? Thanks, Sam. Fresh eggs are a gift few people ever get to experience. We are mostly exposed to white eggs, washed and neatly packed according to size. These eggs still have bits of feather stuck to them, as well as, er, well, let's just say that farm fresh eggs should be washed before being used (yes, even if you are cracking them into a pan). You should also wash your hands after handling them.
All of the eggs were beautiful and unique in their own way, varying in size, color and texture, and even, in the case of the egg pictured below, shape. I told Husband that maybe this hen was still learning to lay eggs. "They have to learn to lay eggs?" said Husband, incredulously. Well, sort of. The first few tries might be a little off; typically the first egg laid doesn't even develop a shell, just a very thick and slightly opaque sac. It does make a nice little conversation piece.