Tuesday, June 13, 2017

FARM FRESH EGGS WITH BONUS PULLET EGGS

Farm fresh egg variety
2nd Family gave us a couple dozen more eggs from their hens.  They have more than they need.  We of course LOVE LOVE LOVE to have them as there is just no comparison to store bought.  Of course, it's a random variety of eggs from their random variety of new and older hens, ha.  In this batch though, we noticed the small, tiny eggs.  What the heck?  

We had to do some research on them.

Regular egg vs Pullet egg

Turns out, they are called "Pullet Eggs".  See the photo above, they are tiny when compared to a regular egg.  Almost a third smaller in size.  At first we thought "well those are just too cute" and didn't think much more about it.  

Pullet eggs
After some more research, it turns out that pullet eggs are A THING

Here is an article about them:

Pullet eggs are the first few eggs of a hens lifetime.  This makes them rare.  The flavor is more intense with the yolk being rich and velvety smooth.

Pullet eggs and ham
We fried some up (with slices of ham) and the flavor was amazing.  Like the richest egg you can imagine.  You can see on these over easy eggs, the yolk takes up more volume than the white.

We won't get these treats again as their new hens will begin laying regular (but wonderful) size eggs.  For a few brief meals, we had a rare treat!

Who knew?  
Have you heard of/eaten Pullet eggs?

31 comments:

Deb said...

Lucky you. No, never heard of them. We, too, get farm fresh eggs from the hens across our road.

SmartAlex said...

I love pullet eggs. But more for decorative purposes because they are such pretty little things. I blow them out and make Christmas ornaments out of them. I have one pullet egg that I kept in the refrigerator for a year and it dehydrated. Now its on my dresser as a keepsake. If you shake it you can hear the dried yolk thumping around in there :)

Colleen said...

Always a good thing to have farm fresh eggs.
Haven't had a pullet eggs since I was a young child.
If anyone is interested; A pullet ( young female chicken; younger than one year of age) becomes a hen when she begins to lay eggs at 16 to 20 weeks of age.

remembering growing up hearing the saying; rooster, hen, pullet.

donna baker said...

We had some no bigger than a robin's egg. Miss all my chickens. But, I guess I miss the eggs too. I am salivating over that meal.

mistress maddie said...

I never knew that either....but where is a napkin, that breakfast sure looks good! A neighbor of mine has hens and chickens, a variety. He is always giving me eggs, sometimes to quick...so I eat a lot of eggs!!! I once had a few small ones like that. You answered that question.

Unknown said...

Yes, I remember pullet eggs. We kids thought they were so cute, and always begged for them with our breakfast. My folks had an acreage when I was a kid. We raised chickens, fed hogs, and even had one cow for milking. I milked the cow, my little sis tended the chickens and gathered the eggs, and we all took care of the feeder pigs. That picture of your breakfast of those tiny "egglets" (which is what we used to call them) looks so delicious. I swore that they even smelled different when they were cooking. Thanks for the memories!

kymber said...

those eggs look deeeevine! thank you for the explanation about pullet eggs....like you guys, one day we plan to have chickens too. and now we know that the pullets are the rarest and will appreciate them even more!

sending much love to you both! your friend,
kymber

FionaG said...

Pullet eggs are delicious for sure. Do they have any bantam chickens because they also lay eggs that small?

Practical Parsimony said...

Since a pullet becomes a hen when she lays eggs, how can you have pullet eggs? It seems someone is confusing long-time knowledge. My Rhode Island Reds laid large eggs the first week. After that, their eggs were giant eggs! The Dominique laid small eggs for about eight months, now she has graduated to ones a bit larger, but they are nothing like the RIR and the one Buff Orphington. Her eggs were giants at the second egg.

I absolutely love scrambled eggs! I have not had an easy over in 50 years and think I will just forego them forever now. But, they still look delicious.

Texas Rose said...

Those are some beautiful eggs from 2nd Family!
My grandma had chickens on her farm. She always saved the pullet eggs for us grandkids. That was the good part. But first, the eggs had to be gathered and some of those hens loved to peck our little hands!

Donna OShaughnessy said...

We are so spoiled with all our chickens we can hardly eat eggs in a restaurant anymore, and we do love pullet eggs! now you must try duck eggs. They are super rich and make the BEST cheesecake ever. Tell second man, I know he likes to cook.

1st Man said...

There is no comparison to fresh huh? Just like garden fresh tomatoes vs store bought!

1st Man said...

I never thought about that. We still have a few, and may get a few more, I'll have to try that before 2nd Man cracks them open, ha. Cool, thanks!!

1st Man said...

Yep, these are their new formally "baby" chicks laying their first eggs. I didn't realize the age, thanks!!!

1st Man said...

Aww, thanks. Yep, "J" said they had some that were smaller and she didn't want to give us those, ha. We'll take them regardless!!

1st Man said...

Pull up a chair, you're always welcome!!!! Anyone who has access to fresh eggs should take advantage. Enjoy! We do love eggs, frittatas, eggs for breakfast, casserole, baked goods, we do use a lot.

1st Man said...

EGGLETS! We love that description. Will lave to remember that. Thank YOU for sharing your memories of that, what great memories to have.

1st Man said...

Yep, we will someday, already even know where the future 'coop' will go but even though we've almost perfected the self sustaining garden, not sure we could do that with chickens, ha. Love back at ya!

1st Man said...

I don't think they have bantams but I will have to ask to make sure. Thanks!!

1st Man said...

Well from what I've read, they do call them pullet eggs because of that reason, they are the first eggs the pullet lays as she becomes a hen. Once she's an old pro at it and laying regular, normal sized eggs, these first ones, sometimes only the first couple laid are just considered that for that reason I guess. Closer to being a pullet than a fully grown hen producing 'regular' eggs? Interesting for sure!!!

We do love scrambled eggs. We used these specifically for the over easy but normally scrambled is mostly on the menu here too.

1st Man said...

I've never 'gathered' the eggs, didn't think about pecking. I bet the hens are not happy about it, ha. Neat that your Grandma saved the pullet eggs for you all. Happy memory!!

1st Man said...

There is NO comparison huh? We LOVE them, they are getting about 6 or more a day so they have plenty to share. We get some every weekend. They are wonderful to share with us.

Duck egg cheesecake? Wow, I will TOTALLY tell 2nd Man about that. He makes a mean cheesecake but I KNOW he's never used duck eggs!!!! Thanks for that.

Sandy said...

1st Man,

Never had a pullet egg. You've intrigued me with this post. The next time I get eggs from the woman down the road I'll ask her about them.

Joy said...

yes, I've heard of pullet eggs. I get them from my sis in law's hens, a nice little mix like you have with small ones and larger ones. It's like opening a surprise when I open the egg carton. I grew up eating fresh eggs from my Grandma's hens. Store bought eggs almost seem artificial compared to farm fresh.

peg said...

To keep hens from pecking hands while gathering eggs: take a largish empty can with you,slip the open end over the hen's head. She goes to sleep in the dark and you can remove the eggs in safety :)

Practical Parsimony said...

I have never been pecked by a hen while gathering eggs. Usually, hens are sitting on another hen's eggs and just does not want to be bothered while she is in the process of laying. Just put your hand palm down with back of your hand against the hen's breast as you stick your hand under her. That way, you can get the egg under her without too much disruption. Even if a hen pecks the first time or two, she eventually gets accustomed to your hand. Of course, there might be a mean or feisty hen. Plus, a strange person might make a hen nervous. Use a light work glove if you think you might be pecked. When I had four hens, there were usually three or four eggs in the nest with no hen there. Some days, two hens would be on one nest with another with her legs crossed fussing and marching up and down in front of the nest. Now, I had more than one nest box!

1st Man said...

Ask about them. It's a treat if they have them. Just a bit richer and more flavorful.

1st Man said...

It is like a surprise huh? When we opened the carton we were like "what are these tiny eggs?" You are right, there is NO comparison between store bought. We're so lucky to have access to them now, until some day when we have our own.

Thanks!!!

1st Man said...

I will have to mention that to 2nd Family. What a great tip. Of course I need to ask if they've ever been pecked, that's something we've never thought to ask ha. Thanks for sharing!!!

Practical Parsimony said...

Could I have been more dense? I listened to the wrong person about the pullet eggs. It appears I am oh so wrong. So, I guess I eat crow!

1st Man said...

Oh please, do not give it a second thought. It's all good!!! :-)