Just out of curiosity, what breed would tend to have the biggest egg? Is it a breed issue or a matter of age? I'm a newbie and recently (yesterday) lost my only 3 Golden Comet pullets to a murderer (neighbor dog). I was told this breed lays jumbo eggs. I replaced these girls with 2 Barred Rock hens and 2 Buff Orpingtons, they are about 2 years old. Amazingly, I got 3 eggs today shortly after they came to their new home. 1 of the eggs, I think, would be considered extra large and the other 2 are more of a med/large size. Just wondering if it's an age or breed thing. Also, what is the grading system that commercial industries use when they sell eggs. Not planning on selling any but just wondering how I could boast to others about the many benefits of having fresh eggs. One other thing, my new hens came from a coop of 50 or 60 chickens. We were raising our pullets to be tame and train them to follow us around the yard. Can you train hens unaccustomed to human interaction to become family girls? Ok, 1 more question! Can I really leave my eggs on the counter for weeks at a time? Thanks for any inputs, opinions and what have you!