Since the dawn of time, eggs have been celebrated. They are symbols of fertility, new life and creation.
Ever wonder how a hen lays eggs? Starting around the age of 18 to 20 weeks a healthy chicken will lay around one egg a day. It takes about 26 hours to lay an egg. She does not need a rooster to lay them; eggs are produced in response to daylight patterns. A fertilized egg will hatch, unfertilized eggs, don’t. Take a virtual visit to an English organic chicken farm.
Ever Wonder Why A Hen Cackles? The Story Behind the Hen’s Cackle
Wild chickens are actually forest animals and they live in small groups called flocks, scratching the dirt and foraging for food. The group wanders away in the undergrowth while one hen sits on the nest to lay her egg. The hen’s cackle serves to reconnect her with the group as if she was yelling “where are you?”. The cock (with the other hens) answers “here we are!”
Eggs historically were considered a springtime food, however now, an essential seasonless food and heavily used in our culinary creations. The spring equinox was traditionally celebrated in ancient Celtic cultures with gifts of re-dyed eggs. The eggs were shared at a meal after which the shells were crushed in a ritual to drive away winter. Over time, this practice became more refined and nobility used the last days of winter, decorating eggs to give to their King. These springtime eggs were all the rage in the French court by the 16th century, many of the eggs were decorated by the celebrated artists of the day.
This tradition reached new heights in the court of the Czar of Russia that saw the court jeweler Carl Fabergé, making these pieces of art made out of gold, porcelain and crystal. Take a virtual visit to see some of these stunning creations!