Life at the end of the road

May 17, 2012

The ‘Arnish egg’ :-)

Filed under: animals, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:37 pm


Almost 21:00 and I’d told myself I wasn’t going to blog tonight, I’m pretty tired and could do with an early night. Yesterday may have been ‘like winter’ today was winter and it’s been boodly freezing with snow much further down Glamaig and reports of it actually on the roads at Clunie and Achnasheen 😦

Anyway wifey phones me up at around 18:00 to tell me that she has an egg, well not her personally and not the half dozen in the fridge but a fresh laid one in the nest box. The very first ‘Arnish egg’, not the first at Arnish of course but the first one from the swineherd’s wee enterprise.

With news like that there was just no chance whatsoever of me not telling the whole world about it 🙂 So here goes, well the day was as I’ve already allured to, miserable. It started that way and stayed like it to the bitter end, though I did approach the day with far more enthusiasm than it deserved.


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Hard not to really when you see a couple of hinds breaking the speed limit at Raasay house 🙂


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And speaking of Raasay House the electrical contractor NG Bailey arrived today with a serious truck with an even more serious crane on the back that I forgot to take a picture of 😦

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After worked I rushed home, spotting the Portree lifeboat Stanley Watson Barker out on exercise at the mouth of Loch Arnish.

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Though it was not the best conditions for photography 😦

The first egg

Arriving home around 20:00 it was there waiting for me on top of the freezer,


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the very first egg from the new chooks. Normally this would have been eaten straight away but these eggs are from the only registered egg production and packing unit on Raasay so wifey had to do it right 🙂


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Weighing it first

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and at 53.1 grams it’s a ‘medium egg’

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which is pretty good for a first attempt, they will get bigger 🙂

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Then there was the ‘candling’, basically shinning a bright light under it to check for defects and the presence or not of an air sac.

Anyway, that’s it, I’m off to bed :-)   



  1. Well done. The first egg is exciting. I love the modern scale. I have an old fashioned one. I hope she does well with them. Fresh eggs are the best!

    Comment by Marjorie Stintzi — May 17, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

    • Morning Marjorie, our egg scale actually came from the US and I did look at the old fashioned ones, never trust electrickery me 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 18, 2012 @ 5:29 am

      • Unfortunately the old fashioned scales wouldn’t be accurate enough for all your egg regulations. Has it been eaten yet?

        Comment by Marjorie Stintzi — May 18, 2012 @ 11:39 am

  2. looks like a cracker! (sorry!!)

    Comment by may cruickshank — May 17, 2012 @ 10:37 pm

  3. It’s an eggstraspecial eggstravaganza !

    Comment by SOTW — May 17, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

  4. brilliant, I’ll look forward to being able to buy some when I come up …. where are you selling them – in Raasay Stores ?

    Comment by cazinatutu — May 18, 2012 @ 4:43 am

    • Morning Caz, Marjorie, She, Jay and all you eggsellent folk, we are eggstremely happy to be selling the Arnish eggs in the Raasay stores shortly 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 19, 2012 @ 5:19 am

  5. bet wifey was eggstatic lol . ill go and stand in the corner now lol

    Comment by jay mitchell — May 18, 2012 @ 5:53 am

  6. Good morning Paul I’m feeling really eggcited for your wifes eggfarm . What an eggwaiting time for your first eggperience and weighing in at 1.9 ounces that’s eggstrordinary. Hope all goes well with the rest of your first egg layers. Must be the weather that’s brought them on laying early. Walter

    Comment by Polite Scouser — May 18, 2012 @ 7:03 am

  7. Hi Paul,

    Your first egg and it’s a proper one straight away, excellent. I hope the thrill of collecting fresh eggs every day doesn’t wear off, we still enjoy doing it with our three girls and it’s great when friends bring their kids to see the chooks as well.

    May I ask what make/model the egg scale is, looks like a great ‘toy’.

    Comment by Tigger — May 18, 2012 @ 7:34 am

    • Morning Tigger,

      the ‘thrill’ of collecting eggs wore off years ago 🙂 Well it did with all our previous hens that had full free range as we could never find them. Having no predators they used to prefer roosting in the trees and laying out. I once found around eighteen eggs behind one of the Lister generators 🙂 This lot will most definitely be getting shut in every night 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 19, 2012 @ 5:23 am

  8. Great news indeed Paul, well worth the extra time before bedtime to blog this huge event.
    Now all you need to do is taste it for quality!

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — May 18, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

  9. Great news that the eggs have arrived! The first of many no doubt, even in these temperatures!

    Comment by Katherine — May 18, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

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