Thursday, February 13, 2014

Elementary Science Series -- Week 2

Most of you know we have chickens. This has been a great learning science lesson for us.  It has fit right in with 1st grade science curriculum and life science.  This past week we got to experience some strange egg production. When I went to collect eggs I found this warm strange shaped egg.  

This egg also had some strange lines on it. 

We did a web search looking for the why this might have happened. (It has only happened once) This is what we found.

FLAT-SIDED: Can occur in new layers due to stress or disease. The egg is kept too long in the shell gland, resulting in a flat side with wrinkles. Can also occur when a mis-timed, second egg proceeds down the oviduct, bumping into and resting alongside the first egg.

This is a great website full of information all about the different things that can happen to eggs as they are laid. My kids really enjoyed reviewing it with me. 

Lil Momma Strouse


  1. How interesting is that! We live in the city, so we've never seen anything but perfectly oval eggs. No lines, bumps or flat sides in our fridge. I showed this to my kids. :)
    You could've easily ignored them....never for a homeschool mom. Everything is an opportunity for a lesson! :)

  2. LOVE the egg photos! I had no idea that eggs weren't always perfect. :) I should do my homework as we're considering chickens in the next few years.

  3. How neat! We get our eggs fresh from a friend's chickens (the hubs wants to one day have our own, but I don't, and while we have seem some cool oddities (my boys favorite thing is getting a double yolk; they call it twins!), we have never seen those odd shapes like you did. Thanks for sharing. :)


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