Strange but true.

The shells of a hen’s first eggs will be the darkest she ever lays. As she lays for longer and longer, the shells will get progressively lighter, as though her printer were running low on toner.

If she stops laying for a while, to brood or moult, the eggshells, once she begins to lay again, will be darker than before she stopped laying, and then will gradually fade again.

I noticed this phenomena first hand today for the first time; Hermione’s eggs are dramatically lighter now than just a month ago.

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