Interesting facts about eggs

China produces the majority of eggs, around 160 billion annually. In the United States, approximately 260 million chickens produce over 65 billion eggs annually.

A chicken can lay about 250 eggs annually.

The chicken is one of the first domestic animals to appear in China around 1400 BC.

The color of the yolk will depend on what the chicken is being fed. They can even be orange if the chickens eat a lot of grass or corn.

Boil an ostrich egg for 2 hours to make a hard boiled egg.

Eggs cannot be removed from the store if you put them in an incubator, since they are not fertile at all.

The hen will lay eggs more often if the lighting is changed and this makes her think that the day is 28 hours long.

Eggs must breathe exactly like animals! Despite their hard surface, the egg shell has thousands of tiny pores that allow oxygen to enter and excess moisture to escape. In the 21 days it takes for a chicken to hatch, the egg will absorb approximately 4 liters of oxygen and release approximately 3 liters of carbon dioxide and 8 liters of water vapor.

The larger the bird, the larger the egg it can lay, and vice versa. The ostrich is considered the main record holder among birds. Its egg reaches almost 20 cm in length and weighs about two kilos. To boil this "testicle" whole, you will need to wait for two hours. But the smallest bird on the planet - the hummingbird - lays very tiny eggs: just a little over a centimeter. But there are other statistics that take into account the ratio of a bird's egg and its body weight. Considering how much an ostrich weighs and what size it reaches, ostrich eggs are not that big. But the kiwi bird is a real heroine. Indeed, with a small height and weight, she lays an egg, which is a quarter of her body weight.

Breaking an ostrich egg is not easy, but some in the world of predators have figured out how to do it. The Egyptian vulture, whose size does not exceed the size of a crow, throws stones at them, and when it breaks through the shell, it feasts on the contents.

In the Christian world, eggs are painted for Easter. And the Chinese do this when a baby is born in the family. After all, the egg is considered a symbol of life in the PRC. And if you paint it red, as they believe in this country, it will definitely bring good luck to the child.

Today, you will hardly surprise anyone with two-yolk chicken eggs. But the largest number of yolks ever found in an egg was five.

If you want to play a prank on a friend, make a bouncing egg out of an ordinary egg. Dip it in a glass of vinegar, let it stand for a couple of days, and then ask the victim of the draw of your choice to break a raw egg, dropping it from a height of 15 cm.

The most impressive omelette was prepared by the Madrid chef Carlos Fernandez. The meal, weighing almost 600 kg, consisted of five thousand eggs.

The world also has an official record for egg cleaning: 12, 600 in almost seven and a half hours! It was installed by two assistant cooks who worked only by touch, since both were blind.

The most prolific egg-laying bird is the laying hen. It takes a little more than a day to "produce" one egg. Thus, she can please her owners with an average of three hundred eggs per year. And she needs to try: in just a year, mankind eats 567 billion eggs! By the way, the older the chicken, the larger its eggs become. But their size can be influenced by the conditions of detention and the environment. If the chicken feels uncomfortable or is poorly fed, there is no need to expect a good "harvest" from it.

A chicken can be carried without a rooster. But then there will be no yolk in her eggs - that is, the embryo of a future chicken.

The chicks of the royal albatross hatch longer than other birds: the mother sits on the eggs for almost 80 days.

The chicken egg is most directly related to the birth of a mythical creature - a basilisk. This beast, killing with the power of its gaze, appears if a hen lays an egg without yolk, and then a snake or a toad feeds this egg.

One of the "fathers" of the modern thriller - Alfred Hitchcock - was terribly afraid of eggs. By the way, such a phobia really exists and is called ovophobia.

The most expensive Faberge egg went under the hammer at Christie's for £ 18, 500. It went to Russia - to a collector who wished to remain anonymous.