Is there a connection between how much a hen eats in its young life and its egg-laying abilities when it matures?
I'm a new chicken owner expecting my first eggs in a few weeks. One of my Welsummers is a runt. I'm not sure if it's a genetic issue or if, for whatever reason, she didn't eat as much as she should have when she was little. Now at 12 weeks she is much smaller than the others. A few questions:
Will her small size affect her egg-laying ability? Can I expect the same size eggs and frequency as her normal-sized friends?
Supposing that she is small now because she was underfed, will she ever catch up in size, or is she stunted for life?
Much obliged in advance.