BREAKING NEWS: Egg delivered c-section. Mother does not survive.
Ok, we had an 'oh my gosh' moment this morning... Mom and I were butchering the 'egg eater' chickens and Mom was pulling out her chicken's guts like normal, when she suddenly cries, "Oh my gosh!". We all stepped closer to look and then began our own rounds of 'Oh my gosh!'es. Out came an egg! Fully formed, big hard shell, must have been just about to be laid.
Apparently, I mean obviously, (well duh!) she still lays. But, it wasn't that big of a loss because she has been caught twice in the act of eating eggs (usually her own). We've had this problem with chickens before. It usually correlates with the change of season when they stop free ranging. However, we've upped their oyster shell mineral which should fix the problem.
So, that was our first experience with butchering a layin' hen. I was totally amazed and told Stephen to go get his camera, but he was too grossed out and I don't think he really wanted to remember the incident... Sorry!