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I hatched some buff Orpingtons. They started laying last fall. There eggs are still med size. The lady I got them from her hens lay extra large size eggs. I could barely fit them in the egg cartons. I thought they were double yokers. But my hens eggs are med size. Is there anything that I can give them to make them lay larger eggs????
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Hi There!

It sounds like your orpingtons just started alaying a little while ago, honestly the only thing that will make your chickens lay huge brown eggs is following the common principals of keeping chickens. Such as making your chickens stress free, always have a good amount of food and water available to your hens and keeping the coop clean. What might help for getting large brown eggs are putting grit in their feed and using the "Sav-A-Chick" medication in your hens water. Sav-A-Chick is meant to provide baby chicks extra vitamins and help their digestion. However, on the back of the product it states that adult hens can use this product and it will benefit them. If you aren't fond of this product there are many other vitamin powders for chickens that you can use in their water. Other than that just keep doing what your doing!

Hoped this helped!
Sunshine Ducky
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Originally Posted by davedavey View Post

I hatched some buff Orpingtons. They started laying last fall. There eggs are still med size. The lady I got them from her hens lay extra large size eggs. I could barely fit them in the egg cartons. I thought they were double yokers. But my hens eggs are med size. Is there anything that I can give them to make them lay larger eggs????

What and how exactly are you feeding?

What is their housing like...size of coop (feet be feet) and how many birds?

 

Many birds do not start laying really larger eggs until after their first adult molt.

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."

Reply
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I only have 3 hens. There hutch is 4x4 and there run is 8x4. So they have plenty of room. I feed them Nutrena layer crumbles. With lots of grit and oyster shell. In separate container. They lay eggs everyday. They get a handful of scratch everyday. I also let them run the backyard a few hours everyday. So maybe after there first molt!
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