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Whats the youngest age for eggs?

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I have 12 laying hens and 7 pullets, today i found a tiny egg along with the usual ones I get, the hens are well past the pullet egg stage and my young pullets are just going into week 14, is it possible to get and egg from the pullets? I put it next to the smallest two from today. Its only 1/3 the size of my first egg from my laying group when they started out, any help would be great!
Edited by jgeer - 5/30/16 at 10:18am
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I think that hens have to be at least 21 weeks to start laying, so maybe it's a fairy egg?

Yay! I'm out of the brooder! No, wait a second... I'm chillin' with my peeps!

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Yay! I'm out of the brooder! No, wait a second... I'm chillin' with my peeps!

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post #3 of 6

14 weeks is a bit young.....unless it's a sexlink/high production bird, then it's possible-but not probable.

Hens can lay an undersized egg on occasion....you may never know unless you find more of the littler ones in the next week.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #4 of 6
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Well 4 of my pullets are isa browns and the others are barred rocks
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:welcome

 

I'm pretty sure that's a fart/fairy/wind egg from one of your established layers. It's a glitch any hen can toss off once in a while. Basically, she forgets to add the yolk. Then, the same amount of pigment is applied to the smaller egg, giving it a darker color.

 

The youngest I've had was a very memorable 16 week old red sex link. But 18 weeks is usually the early end of the spectrum.  

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Thanks for the help, ive never heard of a fairy egg and looked it up and that seams to be the right thing!
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