The TJ's eggs were white and the Whole Foods eggs were Brown. They are likely that same cross with the parents reversed.
TJ's = Hyline leghorn hens x hyline brown roosters
Whole Foods = Hyline brown hens x hyline white roosters.
The theory is that the farm would use different colors between the cocks and the hens so that it would be easier to make sure you have the correct ratio for the breeding pens to ensure fertility.
It seems to be working because most of the eggs are fertile.
Because of the cross, most of the offspring will be brown egg layers. Of the 7 pullets that I hatched last year, 5 lay brown eggs and two lay white eggs.
I have one hen that lays a huger 78G white egg. She is very little too.
Modern Sizes (USA)
|Size||Mass per egg||Cooking Yield (Volume)
|Jumbo||Greater than 2.5 oz. or 70.9 g
|Very Large or Extra-Large (XL)||Greater than 2.25 oz. or 63.8 g||56 ml
|Large (L)||Greater than 2 oz. or 56.7 g||46 ml (3.25 tbsp)|
|Medium (M)||Greater than 1.75 oz. or 49.6 g||43 ml (3 tbsp)|
|Small (S)||Greater than 1.5 oz. or 42.5 g|
|Peewee||Greater than 1.25 oz. or 35.4 g|
I appreciate the info! We have a few Whole Foods stores about an hour drive from me and I am thinking I may go get some this weekend after seeing this 😀
Definitely an economical way to get some high production layers and we would put the extra roosters to good use too!
Wow that's a big egg!!! It's amazing those little gals can crank out those big eggs. Ouch! Lol