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when do new egg layers begin laying larger eggs?

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I currently have three hens laying eggs. Two BLRW, and one EE. The EE started laying large eggs right from the very start, but my two BLRW lay small eggs. They have been laying for around a month now. When do they begin laying "normal" sized eggs?

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post #2 of 13

Very hard to say.  Generalities don't help much, but "generally" the egg increases in size after a month of laying.  Sometimes, after a moult, the egg size will increase again the second laying season.

 

Some hens, however, simple never lay more than a medium sized egg their whole lives.  It just depends.

 

 

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post #3 of 13
MY 8 RIRS laid small eggs for 9 months before they started laying large & jumbo eggs. They were about a year old at thatpoint.

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I have 2 LBs and 2 BAs who started out laying smallish pullet sized eggs around the first of the year. Just this week, I have noticed that some of them are a bit larger now. Of course, the chickens are continuing to grow too, so I am sure that is a factor. IMHO I have one EE bantam and I guess her eggs will always be small as she doesn't seem to have grown at all in the last couple of months.

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A few of my hens lay jumbo eggs, and a few lay medium eggs.  These are Wyandottes and Orpingtons, all the same age (now almost 2 years old)

 

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post #6 of 13

Things will settle down eventually.  My flockof BO and BR  got consistent after about 30-60 days.  The most frequent comment I get from folk who receive eggs from me is "why are they different sizes?"  We're accustomed to seeing eggs being all one size, but that's because they're sorted before distribution to a grocery store. 

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post #7 of 13

  All the eggs I'm getting are large to X large. Well, all but the Buff Os. Stated little and staying little. Been laying for about 4 months now. The sexlink and Wyandotte started large and have stayed that way. We keep the small one and sell the others.

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My wyandotte's eggs still have not really increased in size, but my EE is now pumping out a good large egg...though hers were pretty big to start.

 

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...okay, looking at these pictures, maybe one of my wayandotte's eggs is getting a little bigger...they just still seem so small! How long does it take for her to reach the largest egg size she will lay consistantly?


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post #9 of 13

I just got my first egg two days ago! Tiny little thing! She skipped a day, and her next egg was MUCH bigger! She is a WL, though.

post #10 of 13

My girls all started out laying smallish (30-37 gram) eggs but over about two months the size gradually crept up. I don't always weigh them now that daily eggs are a routine part of my life, but when I do they are always between 52-58 grams. My RIR typically lays the largest (and most elongated) eggs, but the WLH and EE frequently produce good sized ones as well. Actually, I think the WLH holds the record.

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