When Life Bites

Last year one of our laying hens was attacked by an unidentified animal that tore up her… uh… laying parts.

I figured we would have to put her out of her misery, since she was a bloody, mangled mess, but my compassionate animal lover nursed her back to health, placing her in a protected cage and bringing her fresh food and water every day until she was back on her feet.

To this day she walks with a limp and lays eggs that are easy to identify as hers.

Scarred and misshapen.

I think the life lesson here is clear.

When life bites you in the butt, just keep cluckin’.

*This motivational message was brought to you on behalf of Felicity, The Gimpy Hen.

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  1. What are those eggs like on the inside?

    • Smockity Frocks says:

      They are normal on the inside.

      Wait… does this have double meaning? Like life’s pressures produce diamonds? Nope. No diamonds in the egg and I’m just the same as all y’all on the inside, too, even though I am one wacky lady on the outside!

      Or did you just mean is it normal on the inside? Yep. Normal. Unlike me…
      :)

      • I just meant ‘is it normal on the inside?’. I’m pretty much limited to the obvious. Not a deep thinker, unfortunately. But I like your navel-gazing approach, too. ;-)

  2. I have never in my life seen an egg like this. I had no idea eggs could be affected this way from injuries.

  3. You encouraged me today. I had to post the link to this on my facebook page! Thanks!

  4. poor chicken going to look around for what happened

  5. That is so interesting. I second to call to see what’s inside! Did you have her checked out by a vet to rule out any lingering infections from the incident?

  6. Oh, also is she the same breed as the brown egg laying hens?

    • Smockity Frocks says:

      No, different breed. My 17yo researched and ordered different breeds of high egg producers so we would have different colored eggs.

  7. We nurse are birds too. Our neighbor’s dog got ahold of one of our guineas a few years ago. We found him laying limp and bloody aroung his neck, by my daughter’s swing set. We caged him in our brooder and nursed him back to health. He lived several years after that. He could not make and sounds anymore afte that. We though the sound of a guinea was just painful to the ears. Espcially when someone would come to visit. After his mishap, we really missed his loud squaking!

  8. That is the craziest egg! My kids want to know if you eat her eggs? We have chickens and they do terrible things to each other, and in spite of their wounds, they keep on laying eggs. The last one lost an eye (Gasp, we were horrified), but she keeps on laying!

  9. I am so glad to read the other comments and discover that I’m not the only one who wants to know if the eggs are edible. :)

  10. Oh that is so awesome! I hate losing any of our animals and do my best to save them when they are sick or injured…I love life lessons I have learned from the farm and doing what I can to “save” things that otherwise would be lost or most people would throw away or give up on. What awesome eggs from a special hen!!!

  11. Being neighbors to a chicken farmer as a child, I’ve seen AND eaten eggs like that. They’re just a normal egg on the inside… Just like a handicapped chicken is still just a normal chicken at heart. :)

  12. Knowing your sense of humor , I am having a hard time believing that egg is real. ;

    • ;)

    • Smockity Frocks says:

      It’s totally real! My husband did comment though, that in the picture it looked like an old beat up golf ball.

      We eat her eggs just like all the others. I don’t put them in the cartons we sell so as not to freak anyone out, though.

  13. A-men!

  14. strangely enough, I once found an egg that looked like that in a box from the super market. it was perfectly edible

  15. my family and i stared at this picture for the longest while!

    so amazing that God created her little body to produce…and produce it shall! :)

    thanks for the reminder…

    if He can work good through her wonky little body…oh what good He can work through me!

  16. Lisa Beth W. says:

    I saw the post and then I had to check through the comments to see whether that thing was for real or one of Connie’s jokes. Wow, that is one strange-looking egg! Never imagined such a thing could occur. You learn something every day, and this was a fun one. :) I’m glad you have a compassionate daughter. Is the shell exceptionally thick?

  17. For some reason, I’m incredibly touched by this. God’s creations are amazing.

  18. Connie, I have a rose bush like that. The ugliest bush you have ever seen! Was given to me as a Mother’s Day gift. But it puts forth the most beautiful flowers in the garden. It is also the first thing you see as you enter the garden. So many life lessons there!

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