Origin of Not Eating the First Egg?

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by F106A, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. F106A

    F106A Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2011
    Texas Big Country
    Okay, this comes up every once in awhile, but I was reading one of my favorite blogs tonight, and saw the question over there. (The author's pullets just started laying.) The few comments on the blog were along the lines of, "Huh?" Searching here on BYC, it seems the most common theory to not eating the first egg from a pullet (or hen, I guess) is the "medicated feed" excuse. I don't buy that. Of course, everyone has said that they ate their first egg, and lived to write about it! I include myself in tha...ACK! [​IMG] Just kidding! They were on the small side, but delicious! Such a bright yellow color as well!

    Seriously, I am convinced that this MUST be an old wives' tale. It has to have originated as some sort of superstition long before medicated feeds were even thought of. The problem I'm having is I can't find any references to it's origin, but will continue my search. (This post is part of that!)

    Does anyone have any ideas? [​IMG]

  2. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    I've never even heard of it. Maybe it is a regional thing.

    No egg gets wasted around here. Although, I suppose the incidence of blood spots is higher in the first few eggs. That doesn't stop me from using them.
  3. OneCrazyStitchChick

    OneCrazyStitchChick Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 17, 2011
    Harford County, Maryland
    What does the blood spot mean? I gave a few eggs to a friend to try and she said there were blood spots in a couple of them. I never noticed anything except that most of the first eggs were double yolk, I used them in a pound cake and they were absolutely delicious! I don't think she used the eggs I gave her, so I won't be giving her any more! :eek:)
  4. Elphaba2140

    Elphaba2140 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2010
    Northern Illinois
    I have eaten everyone of my girls first eggs!
  5. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2010
    North Florida
    Unless its printed, in fine print, on the chicken's butt not to eat it...I don't believe it. Think of how many civilizations have had chickens and ate the first as well as all the following eggs.
  6. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

    Jan 26, 2010
    Texas, Panhandle
    Never heard of the theory of not eating the first egg?

    Sometimes I don't eat the first pullet egg...I incubate it or blow it out to keep it forever, and ever. [​IMG]

    ~ Aspen
  7. Saltysteele

    Saltysteele Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    i can understand (while i feel it is not valid) why that would make sense to some.

    however, just as with humans, every egg a chicken will ever lay (or shed, in the case of humans) is present as it develops in its own egg before it hatches. they just start growing when a chicken reaches a certain age. it is the yolk that is present, not the rest of the egg. as it progresses through the chicken, it accumulates the albumin and shell.

    if you process hens, you will see eggs ranging from a full sized yolk all the way to teeney, tiny yolk.

    so, if the first egg were to be full of medication, they all would be full of medication
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2011
  8. F106A

    F106A Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2011
    Texas Big Country
    Quote:Exactly. Which means the medication would have come from their parents.

    Thanks for pointing that out.

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