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Texas Long Hens

Conroy, Texas (Strutts News Services)

The world is changing in more ways than a google times your face. In southeast Texas, recent immigrants have introduced a new breed of poultry, known locally as “Texas Long Hens”. Originally bred in China, these unusual birds measure more than 30 inches from beak to tail, and some grow to be up to 45 inches long.

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[Two Long-Hens at left compete for feed with two average sized hens.]

Rancher and founder of the Texas Long Hens Company, Tulane “Tule” Fogg, explains. “Yep they’re longer, bigger hens. But we don’t raise ’em for the meat so much as the aigs. A reglar chicken don’t lay no more than one a day. These chickens lay one long one every three days, an’ it take about three hens lined up to hatch it.”

When asked if raising Texas Long Hens required anything out of the ordinary, Fogg replied, “Well, just one thing. When they go to roost after peckin’ around all day, we gotta strap their fannies to the top of the cage so’s they don’t fall over backward.”

Although these hens are valued in the Chinese Province of Baotao, it will likely be several decades before the western populace sees the “Texas Long Eggs” on the market shelf, except, of course, in Conroy. “I filed a patent for a new eggcrate design, too,” said Fogg. “Kinda like fluorescent tube packaging.”


Photos via Westwalessmallholders and eatliver

25 Responses to “Texas Long Hens”

  1. on 25 Jul 2007 at 4:41 pm Alpaca The Awesome

    Maybe I could domesticate one. I could train it to use the toilet and everything!

  2. on 27 Jul 2007 at 12:13 am AMSND

    If you believe this you are too tired or too sad.

  3. on 27 Jul 2007 at 12:13 am AMSND

    Nice photoshop though

  4. on 27 Jul 2007 at 1:51 am catsvillage

    this is soooo funny… ha ha (NOT)

    always knew not to eat at MCDs or any fastfood joint… this just reconfirms it UGH

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  9. on 27 Jul 2007 at 10:31 am infodepot


    is it true? i think its funny!!!


  10. on 27 Jul 2007 at 4:30 pm Miss Cellania

    Do I come across as really, really naive? I posted this on Neatorama and had quite a few commenters try to ‘splain to me how this isn’t real, it’s a hoax!

    Too funny!

  11. on 27 Jul 2007 at 5:20 pm Stratoblogster

    This process has existed for years. The yolks and whites are separated raw and recombined in bulk, in a mechanized process which simultaniously cooks and forms them into those long tubes.

    The hard boiled eggs you get in a McDonalds’ salad are sliced from those tubes.

    I saw a documentary on TV showing the entire mass production process.

  12. on 27 Jul 2007 at 7:36 pm matt

    Those pictures make me want to make naughty jokes about long cockadoodledoos. For shame.

  13. on 27 Jul 2007 at 8:29 pm modifoo

    But this must be true; I read it on the INTERNET!


  14. on 27 Jul 2007 at 8:50 pm Liz

    So, do longcats hunt long hens or eat long eggs?

  15. on 27 Jul 2007 at 8:52 pm Bunk

    Miss C.– Thanks for the link. Some minor clarifications are in order, though.

    Those really ARE long eggs, packaged by a Japanese company, as some of the commenters on Neatorama pointed out. Those are real hens, not photoshopped. (I used MS Paint and Roxio Photosuite 4, but that’s a minor point.) Your assessment is correct, it is definitely not a hoax. Heh.

  16. on 27 Jul 2007 at 11:09 pm J

    The pictures are 100% REAL!!!
    (but the story is not!)
    In reality, those long eggs are actually laid by tofobsters!

  17. on 28 Jul 2007 at 12:00 am Bill

    You betcha! I could see that yoke coming a LONG way off.

  18. on 28 Jul 2007 at 4:39 pm JAson

    Looks like the reconstituted eggs that some airlines have been using for years to get the slice on their salads. Knew they came from somewhere. I always remembered that the old Braniff Airways wouldn’t use them.

  19. on 28 Jul 2007 at 9:55 pm Jenny

    Funny how this article says that this product is of Chinese origin and yet the packaging is in Japanese. Yes, creator of this article, you are ignorant.

  20. on 29 Jul 2007 at 6:50 pm leko

    must be true :)

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  22. on 30 Jul 2007 at 7:12 pm Bunk

    Jenny– The product is of avian origin, not asian, regardless of the packaging…

  23. on 31 Jul 2007 at 8:28 am Don

    It’s yust a yoke yall.

  24. on 25 Aug 2007 at 2:41 pm Bogdan

    It’s true. I have bought some of those hens recently, very tasty eggs!!!!!!

  25. on 26 Oct 2007 at 5:02 pm Sergii

    All oologists (specialists in avian eggs) would explain you that such prolate egg shape is inconsistent with spices survival, since volume to shape ratio is relatively low for those at the picture. In that case a brood hen spends much more energy on incubation, consequently, has less chance of survival.

    The other argument is about egg fillet we see at the picture. They just can’t be of those obtuse shape because of cloaca shape and because of the way egg moves in a cloaca.

    My conclusion is that the pictures might be real, but the eggs shown are not natural for sure!

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