Looking to buy some smaller eggs


December 12, 2007|By Kathleen Purvis | Kathleen Purvis,McClatchy-Tribune

Is a smaller egg commercially available? It seems chicken eggs have gone from large to super jumbo over the years. I'm not asking for quail eggs, just a smaller alternative.

Eggs are classed in sizes based on weight by the dozen: peewee, small, medium, large, extra-large and jumbo.

Peewee, small and jumbo rarely show up in supermarkets, but medium, large and extra-large are usually available. Medium might be what you need.

The size of a chicken's egg is affected by its age, the breed and environmental factors, such as heat and stress.

I often buy eggs at farmers' markets, which sometimes have more variety in the size. Because younger chickens lay smaller eggs, I often see smaller eggs in the spring and early summer, when the young hens are just starting to lay.

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