Red Wicket Market Farm is a small farm 25 minutes from downtown Columbus, Ohio, near Slate Run Metropark. Breeding Black Copper and Blue Copper Marans to the Standard of Perfection.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Pullet Eggs

First, here's some basic chicken vocabulary:
Pullet: a female chicken that is too young to lay eggs
Cockerel: a male chicken that is not mature, usually under a year old
Hen:  a female chicken that has laid her first egg
Rooster: a mature male chicken
After requests from the market to increase production (seems they sell out of our eggs in only days!), we added 20 new pullets to our flock last weekend. I bought some white Leghorns (white chickens that lay white eggs), Easter Eggers (multi-colored chickens that lay blue and green eggs) and Golden Buffs (golden red chickens with white tails that lay light brown eggs). All are about 18 weeks old, so a couple of precocious Leghorns are laying now, and I expect the rest to start sometime in the coming weeks.

Their first eggs won't be in the cartons for the market right away, however. When they start to lay eggs, their first eggs will be very small. These first, tiny eggs are called "pullet eggs."  Pullet eggs are beloved by many because of the high ratio of yolk to white. My grandmother used to swear by pullet eggs for making her famous noodles--she said they were just richer.

Aren't they cute? The top two eggs are a size large and a size extra large, and the bottom row are all pullet eggs.

I looked at that photo, and decided that it just didn't get across how adorable and wee these pullet eggs are. Here is a photo of *all five* of the above pullet eggs in a teacup:

Clintonville Community Market has asked me to bring them a couple of dozen pullet eggs once all the girls start laying. If you're lucky, you might catch them before they're gone.