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Our first eggs from the new hens seem to be on the smaller side. Does size generally increase when they lay regularly? I cannot remember last years hens having small eggs at the start of laying.

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My young ones have not laid eggs yet but I have seen pictures in other threads of cute little pullet eggs.  Pullet eggs are supposed to start out smaller and increase in size until they reach a year old.

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post #3 of 8

The first eggs are small and then sometimes bigger then back to small, not everyday and then they regulate themselves and get down to business.
This year my young hens are laying eggs while still on the perches........????????? so sad to see broken little eggs on the coop floor, hopefully the girls will figure it out soon.

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Two of my 11 white rock hens just laid their first eggs yesterday and today! They both were about half the size of a regular size egg. I was told that they will get bigger as they lay more but I am new at all this so not sure. That is what I was told and I read books and also learn a lot from these forums!big_smile

These are great people here with great advise!big_smile

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I expected small. "Pullet eggs" are supposed to be smaller than full grown hen eggs.

I was surprised that my Leghorn's first eggs aren't really THAT much smaller than "large eggs" from the store.  The yolks are niiiiice and golden, and the taste is supurb! Nobody's complaining about the size!


Edited by Tala - 9/3/09 at 9:18pm
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Size is largely dependent upon the breed, their bodyweight when they first start laying, and the amount of protein they are eating.  A hen that starts laying early (lower bodyweight), will tend to have smaller eggs than those that put on more weight before reaching sexual maturity.  As bodyweight increases, the eggs get larger.  Hens who are overeating because of cold weather will tend to lay larger eggs due to the increase in protein intake and conversely, hens that aren't eating much due to hot weather will lay smaller eggs.

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What kind of chicken is a longhorn? Ive heard of leghorn but never longhorn...?

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What kind of chicken is a longhorn? Ive heard of leghorn but never longhorn...?


It's a Leghorn that spent too much time in Texas. LOL
I edited my other post lol

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