A week ago, someone laid an egg without a shell. Only two of my hens lay brown eggs at the moment, so it's either a seven-year-old Cuckoo Marans hen (!) or a one year-old Speckled Sussex. In any event, I suspect she just had a hormonal moment. It happens.
I brought the egg into the house, along with a normal green egg, and a "fart egg" which might actually be a sparrow egg. They remained in a bowl on the kitchen counter for observation.
It only took a few days -- less than a week -- for the shell-less egg to shrivel up into a sort of walnut looking lump.
Which only goes to show how very important the shell is to an egg!
I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion. -- Thoreau
There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall. -- Colette
I hold this to be the highest task for a bond between two people: that each protects the solitude of the other. -- Rilke
As innocent as a new-laid egg. -- W. S. Gilbert
Raising children is like being pecked to death by chickens. --Anonymous, but my mother gave it to me!
Language...has created the word "loneliness" to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word "solitude" to express the glory of being alone. --Paul Johannes Tillich
Life begins when you plant a garden. -- Chinese proverb
The great omission in American life is solitude...that zone of time and space, free from the outside pressures, which is the incubator of the spirit. --Marya Mannes
If you were born lucky, even your rooster will lay eggs. -- Russian proverb
When the superficial wearies me, it wearies me so much that I need an abyss in order to rest. --Antonio Porchia
Cocks may crow, but it's the hen that lays the eggs. -- Attr. Margaret Thatcher
I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. -- Henry David Thoreau