Originally Posted by aart
Interesting tho....shape usually stays pretty much the same, tho maybe she's still 'tuning the machine'.
Are you positive that those 3 eggs are from the same pullet?
Have to note, scratch is good for quick energy, protein takes longer to digest and thus provides more 'warmth' in the long run.
....and you don't want to dilute your layer feeds minimal 16% protein with too much scratch.
90% sure? I have 4 BOs and 3 EEs. Two of the EEs lay a blue egg, and one lays a more greenish/olive tinted egg (this picture doesn't do the color justice, it looks more green than they are in real life). One of the blue ones is a consistently USDA small egg (so far), the green one has turned to a consistent USDA large, and then we have these. What I don't know is which hen produces which egg. Meaning, I could fairly reliably put them into 3 piles that were each from their original hen, but I wouldn't be able to match each pile to the bird. All of that said, I hope it's still just a "dialing in the machine" thing.
As for scratch proportion, I fill a small size solo cup (8 fl oz size) about 2/3 full and throw that into the run for the 7 girls to share. Maybe I have the digestive thing backwards - I thought that corn and raw grain was harder to digest and resulted in a longer duration of metabolic activity than digesting their layer feed?
Originally Posted by azygous
I have been able to match eggs to my layers about 75% of the time, and I've seen some occasional significant shape deviations. One time I got an egg that looked a lot like a potato. Another time I got one that was long and pointy on both ends like a torpedo.
The hens that laid them behaved normally and their subsequent eggs were normal.
Wouldn't it be cool to shrink down like in the documentary, "The Fantastic Voyage", and go for a cruise along the egg canal of a hen to watch the progress of an egg developing?
Honestly the shape deviation is kind of fun. My 3 year old is very fascinated and gets much entertainment out of guessing quantity, and color every day. This is just one more dimension of fun, while it lasts.