Which Came First…? Test Your Egg-Q with These 15 Questions

As Easter approaches, find out how much you know about eggs and the birds that lay them

It’s no wonder they call it the incredible, edible egg. It binds, it lifts, it sticks, it slicks. Is there anything an egg can’t do? With Easter approaching, we challenge you to an egg-q test.

1. One emu egg is the equivalent of ___ chicken eggs.
a) 2
b) 6
c) 12
d) 18

2. The color of an eggshell depends on the chicken’s ___.
a) earlobe
b) plumage
c) diet
d) mood

3. On average, chickens lay one egg ___.
a) in 20 minutes
b) on the full moon
c) after every visit with a rooster
d) every 26 hours

4. Emus lay eggs ___.
a) underground
b) while humming
c) with one leg in the air
d) in the fall

5. When you take their feathers off, Silkie chickens have ___ skin.
a) speckled
b) black
c) undulating
d) fluorescent

6. You can test an egg for freshness by ___.
a) smelling it for egg-rot
b) seeing if it rolls in a straight line
c) putting it in water to see if it floats
d) holding it up to the light

7. Blue eggs are the product of ___.
a) food coloring
b) bantam chickens
c) chickens with blue eyes
d) Easter eggers

8. Chickens are direct descendants of ___.
a) the T. rex
b) peacocks
c) the egg
d) the dodo bird

9. The first flock of chickens to enter the U.S. came ___.
a) on board a slave ship
b) with name tags
c) in 1607 with the Brits
d) by request of New Jersey delegate John Witherspoon

10. There are __ times as many chickens as humans on earth.
a) 3
b) 5
c) 16
d) 28

11. This bird’s egg has a slightly gamey flavor.
a) goose
b) duck
c) guinea fowl
d) pheasant

12. This country eats the most eggs of any nation in the world.
a) China
b) United States
c) France
d) Mexico

13. In backyard chicken parlance, an “egg eater” means ___.
a) a hen who likes to eat her own eggs
b) a rooster who won’t leave his hens alone
c) predators like possums and raccoons
d) a neighbor who loves farm fresh eggs

14. All of these are reliable laying hens, except ___.
a) Orpington
b) Tinkatu
c) Black Star
d) Plymouth Rock

15. The worst egg pun is ___.
a) I learned something taking this quiz…with the egg-seption of this question
b) I hate puns, they’re egg-sausting
c) shut up, I’m having an egg-istential crisis
d) all of the above

Bonus Round: True or False? Hens need roosters to lay eggs.


1. (d) Farmer Peter Schaner says his emu eggs equal 18 chicken eggs…that’s quite an omelet.

2. (a) Brown and white eggs are dependent on the color of the chicken’s earlobe.

3. (d) On average, hens lay one egg every 26  hours, although production is directly linked to daylight hours.

4. (d) Emus lay eggs in autumn. Some theorize that it’s because they are from the Southern hemisphere.

5. (b) Silkies have black skin. They are popular as backyard chickens because of their wild feathers.

6. (c) Over time, air seeps into the eggshell, so if an egg floats it means it’s older.

7. (d) Easter egger chickens are one of three varieties that lay blue-green eggs. The others are Araucana and Americana.

8. (a) According to Andrew Lawler, author of Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?, chickens are the direct descendants of the Tyrannosaurus rex.

9. (c) Until 1607, the turkey was North America’s bird, but that year the British brought a flock of chickens to Jamestown.

10. (a) There are 20 billion chickens in the world, which is roughly three times the number of humans.

11. (b) At local farmers’ markets, you can find duck eggs, goose eggs, emu eggs and the occasional ostrich egg. The flavor is fairly consistent, although duck eggs can taste more gamey.

12. (d) On average, Mexicans eat around 400 eggs per year (three times the global average).

13. (a) Egg-eaters are chickens who terrorize their owners by eating their own eggs. Some chicken owners believe it’s because of a calcium deficiency and feed their chickens supplements like oyster shell or crushed bone in order to deter egg-eaters.

14. (b) I made up the Tinkatu. All the other breeds are good layers.

15. (d) Is there such a thing as an egg-cellent egg pun? If so, leave it in the comments and try to crack us up.

BONUS ROUND: False! Roosters can be useful for protecting the flock, but hens do not need them to lay eggs. It is illegal to keep roosters in Los Angeles, but legal to keep hens.