Recently, when I gathered eggs, I found an itsy bitsy one nestled in amongst the regular eggs. This one was so little, it looked like a sparrow had snuck in and played a joke on us.
Some of our hens are young pullets and are new to laying. That could explain the size of the jelly bean egg. I looked it up online and read that is common in youthful hens. And a friend on FB mentioned that these are called "Fairy Eggs" or sometimes "Witch Eggs."
Well of course, I liked that!!!!
I saw online that is actually the name used for these mini shells. So, it wasn't a sparrow who pulled a prank on us, it was a fairy!
This egg had to be saved, so I poked holes in each end, and blew out the center, washed it and left it to dry overnight, then brushed on glue and sprinkled it with pixie dust.
I wanted to pack it up and take it to Sissy when I met her in Texas, and was afraid it was too fragile, so I did what any mother hen would do, and built it a nest. I started with a tiny tart tin, and added some tan paint to the metal, then filled it with moss and holographic Easter grass.
To cover the holes on each end, I glued down velvet leaves. Then, topped it with some of teeniest flowers in my stash of old millinery.
Sissy loves all things fairy every bit as much as I do. This egg came along just in time to be a gift for her on our trip.