|two poached bantam chicken eggs - yum!|
|one bantam egg (on left) and one standard egg|
As for the remaining five nuggets, they spent the first part of the morning stretching their legs and wings, and they look leggy ... I strongly suspect they are in another growth spurt. The two for Christmas are still in the extra refrigerator, as we didn't finish plucking the one and had to skin the second due to poor skin integrity. They have all had the same diet (plus or minus bug-catching ability) so there must be a genetic component involved. The skinned cockerel was also easier to clean out, as membrane and ligament integrity was also lower. In fact, it sort of felt like a store-bought chicken to me. Hmm.
Final note: I have ordered my birthday present: 50 new chicks! I am getting 25 golden-laced Wyandottes straight run, and then 25 assorted heavy cockerels for late spring and summer eating. They will ship out of Texas on the 7th, and arrive here the morning of the 9th, which is my birthday.