Help! My chicken laid an abnormally small egg!
Never fear, it is merely a baby fairy.
JK! Unfortunately, fairy eggs are not baby fairies. Bummer, right? Fairy eggs(also known as “wind eggs”) are a semi-rare occurrence when a hen has undergone stress from being picked on by her flock members, stress from extreme heat or cold, stress from a predator attack, stress from a storm, etc. They can also be caused by a shift in hormones as a hen is just starting to lay, or when an older hen is no longer laying. Anything that puts stress on her system. Fairy eggs range in size from a large marble to slightly smaller than a pullets first egg. They are usually spherical, but can be shaped like a normal egg. And unfortunate causes aside, they’re so cute! I still don’t understand the psychology of why everything smaller than normal is 100 times cuter than the regular sized thing.
I have gotten quite a few fairy eggs this summer, and I have reason to believe they are from one or two of my 3 year old easter eggers that are on the lower end of the pecking order. That combined with 90 degree heat waves probably caused the stress.
Getting a few fairy eggs is nothing to be concerned about, just take a few extra measures to ensure lower stress in your flock. Have multiple waterers, food bowls, piles of scraps, nest boxes, etc. so that there is nothing to fight over. Make sure your run/coop has shade in the summer, and fresh water available at all times, but especially when it’s hot. If they are on the younger or older end of the spectrum, it’s totally normal to get a few fairy eggs.
Another fun fact is they can be eaten like normal eggs! The shell will be thicker, and there might not be a yolk, but edible just the same. I’ve heard people say fairy eggs are just the white, but I’ve gotten yolks in them before.
If you are sentimental, enjoy decorating, or just plain like eggs, you could blow your fairy egg and use the hollow shell as a decoration or keep it to showcase to your friends! #Repurpose
I hope you found this information helpful!
Being a little weird is a natural side effect of being awesome. ~ Sue Fitzmaurice