I was shocked to find a egg out in the chicken run last night. The chickens are only about 4 months old! I don't even have the nest boxes installed in their coop yet. The egg was laid sometime between 8 and 9:15 pm. As soon as I walked to the coop to shut the chickens in for the night I saw it out on the grass. One of the chickens grabbed the outer membrane and ran off with it greedily and the others started poking at the yolk. Luckily, I distracted them before any of them got a good taste...I would hate for my chickens to have a problem with egg eating right from the start.
Did I mention that the egg had no shell? It's normal for the first few eggs to come out a little funky. This egg had a neat orange rubbery membrane on the outside.
And look at the color of that yolk! So intensely orange! I can't wait to taste them, but I think I'll wait until they are a bit more well formed.