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I have recently raised 8 Speckled Sussex hens, because I have read about what great dual purpose birds they are supposed to be.  My first hen has started laying, and the eggs are tiny.  The eggs are just barely larger than a bantam egg.  I recently spoke to another guy around me with sussex who said that his lay fairly small-medium sized eggs.  Is this anyone elses experience, or should I expect larger eggs?  My RIR's laid pretty large eggs from the start that just kept getting bigger.  I like the overall personality and temperament of the sussex, but the egg size is just too disappointing right now, and I may switch back to all RIR.

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Mine lay a medium to large egg.

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I'm a Farmer/Rancher  Wife,Mom & Grandma  No Farms, No food. 
If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
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post #3 of 9

Most LF pullets lay smaller eggs to start off with, they will increase in size as she becomes accustom to laying.  Just working the kinks out!

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Smith/Giles "project" Lavender Orpingtons, Spring of 2012 Part English "project" Lavenders , Part English BBS Orpingtons, Buff Orpingtons and Bantam Light Brahmas.  Follow me down the yellow brick road!!! 

I'm holding out for the gold star !!!!   

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post #4 of 9

I agree with Tuffoldhen.

My Sussex also layed a small egg at first but they have gotted bigger now, but not quite as big as my Barred Rocks.

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Hatching eggs are no longer avaiable from any breeds until further notice due to predator problems and birds being too old .
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Hatching eggs are no longer avaiable from any breeds until further notice due to predator problems and birds being too old .
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post #5 of 9

The sussex I had were McMurray girls and never layed more than an almost white, medium sized egg.  They were very sweet birds and the most friendly so were worth their short comings!

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Home of extraordinary large fowl: Araucanas, Blue Wheaten/Wheaten Ameraucanas, French Cuckoo Marans and Buff Leghorns.  I breed for exhibition quality.

Hatching eggs available for 2012.

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~Ann         http://www.birchrunfarms.com
Home of extraordinary large fowl: Araucanas, Blue Wheaten/Wheaten Ameraucanas, French Cuckoo Marans and Buff Leghorns.  I breed for exhibition quality.

Hatching eggs available for 2012.

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post #6 of 9

So far, my girl lays tiny eggs.......well, tiny compared to the XXXXXL my australorp lays and the XL eggs my EE's lay anyway!!! lol

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post #7 of 9

I just got my first SS egg today and it is soooo small and very soft - like it's just membrane.  I understand your disappointment.

post #8 of 9

ANY chicken is apt to lay small and/or membranous eggs at the start -- this has been bred out of serious production layers to a greater degree, which is why you may not be used to it from your RIR's.

My sussexes lay medium (like, the large side of medium) to large eggs that are mostly light to medium brown, one of them lays barely tinted eggs that could pass for white if you are not paying attention.

I am sure there is variation among lines and perhaps there are lines that lay smaller eggs overall, but I would not judge your birds til they have been in *regular* lay for a few months.

Good luck, have fun,

Pat

post #9 of 9

My sussex lay huge almost white eggs, but I got some hatching eggs from the same breeder- and they are medium/large and light brown. hu

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