Which Came First?

These Guinea fowl were once welcome guests on our property, since they eat ticks and other insects. Sadly, their gaggle grew smaller and smaller, then vanished, probably from predation.
These Guinea fowl were once welcome guests on our property, since they eat ticks and other insects. Sadly, their gaggle grew smaller and smaller, then vanished, probably from predation.

…or, “Honey, I think we have chickens or dinosaurs living in the pasture.”

Over the years I’ve found some pretty funky stuff in the pastures surrounding our home, including at least one lost, mentally ill human.

As I was mowing today, I saw some interesting stuff, including a number of white, ball-shaped mushroom growing close to the ground. I also noted that hundreds of peaches are ripe on one of Dorothy’s trees, and I have been eating on them since I got home Wednesday from my vacation.

As I mowed near the north brush pile, I saw something that looked too big to be one of those mushrooms. It almost looked like a hen’s egg. We don’t have chickens, although at one time we had a gaggle of guinea fowl who frequented the patch. (They have long since disappeared, probably eaten by coyotes.)

You can see from the coin next to it that this egg isn't as big as a Dodo egg.
You can see from the coin next to it that this egg isn't as big as a Dodo egg.

I picked up the object to discover it was an egg, about the size of an extra-large hen’s egg. It wasn’t in a nest or burrow of any kind, and if I hadn’t seen it I would certainly have mowed it. I brought it inside and showed it to Abby, who also had no clear idea who had laid it.

I photographed it, then carefully broke it open, just in case a hungry pterodactyl emerged. Inside was standard yellow yoke and clear albumen. Now I wonder if we have chickens.

My find turned out to be just an egg, although the shell was thicker and tougher than that of a grocer store egg.
My find turned out to be just an egg, although the shell was thicker and tougher than that of a grocer store egg.
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  1. I know when we had free roaming chickens on our farm the shells were much thicker than the grocery store kind. I still think of those eggs almost every time I crack one. You really had to whack it hard against the bowl without hesitation if you wanted a shard free omelet! I still miss all the entertainment those chickens brought just watching them wander around and eat the bugs for us.

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