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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Fruit Juice, Mar 17, 2009.
Are stars more prone to eggbound than other breeds that lay less?
Stars are more prone to a lot of reproductive issues. Often times their vent muscles just stop working. It depends on the strain though.
They are small bodied hens laying jumbo eggs. I considered myself lucky to still have my 4 going on 2 years.
I am no longer a fan of jumbo eggs.
I have two McMurray red stars aged 7 years now. They are fine, obviously. I have never had an egg bound chicken.
As far as small bodies, I would characterize mine as average in size though some are a bit larger than others vice versa. I have ten red star pullets just coming into lay now. They were hatched the second week of October.
My Red Stars are roughly 2 now and have never shown signs of distress when it comes to laying. The quality of their eggs has dropped off, the shells have gotten very thin in some cases, shell-less eggs are more frequent, but nobody has ever been egg bound.