Cream Legbar Egg Size

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Bresseman, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. Bresseman

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    My Legbars are due to start laying any day. They are Greenfire stock. Is anyone out there seeing small egg size with these birds? I'm told that their are some strains in the UK that have almost bantam sized eggs.
     
  2. Cool Peeps

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    They lay medium sized eggs
     
  3. GaryDean26

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    Most peeople in the USA have been reporting two sized eggs.

    One that starts laying about 35 gram eggs and reaching about 50 grams eggs by the time they have been laying for 3 months and anther that stats laying about 45 gram eggs and are laying about 60 grams by the time they are 3 month into the laying cycle.

    People have been reporting that the large eggs are from the first blood line imported from the UK.
     
  4. minnehaha

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    This thread is a little old, but I thought I might bring it back up. 2 of my CLB hens are laying eggs. One layed a 53 gram egg today, the other layed a 47 gram egg. They are 8 months old, they came directly from Green Fire Farms.


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  6. minnehaha

    minnehaha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls always lay those round eggs, the only way for me to tell which is suppose to be the bigger end is to candlle it, then I can see the air sac. I read somewhere that because CLB's eggs are round, people think the eggs are smaller than they really are, the only way to know the real size is weighing the egg. That is why I weighed my eggs the other day. I was curious to see the egg size, So medium/large is what these young hens are laying right now. My black star layed a 60 gram egg the same day, which is extra large. I'll weigh the Black Orpingon's eggs when they start laying, They are 8 months old, I got them today, so they will need some settle in time, Mine lay light blue eggs too, it's so hard to get the color to show up in a picture. Chicken obsessed, how much do the eggs weigh from your CLB's?
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  7. GaryDean26

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    Good point on the shape being deceptive in size. I took the photo below to dispel the idea that Breda lay tint eggs that are small. They lay white eggs that looked to be a little smaller than the Leghorn egg, but when I put them on the scale the Breda eggs was 63 grams and the Leghorn egg only 60 grams. I weighed them 3-4 times to make sure I was reading things right. There is a good reason eggs are measured by weight.

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    As far as egg weight goes, I have been selecting for large egg size. In my first laying group only about 10% were laying Extra Large eggs. Know they ALL are laying XL's (minimum of 63 grams) and some of laying Jumbo (minimum of 70 grams).
     
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  8. minnehaha

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    GaryDean26.....amazing. I would have thought that the Breda Egg was much smaller than your Leghorn. Your example really drives the point home, that the egg shape is very deceiving, and weighing the egg is the accurate approach to sizing.
     
  9. badflash

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    My legbars just started laying in the last 3 weeks. Eggs are the same size as my Seramas. They weigh just 35 grams. Really tasty but really tiny. How long before they get bigger?
     
  10. GaryDean26

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    Below is a chart that shows egg weight vs. the age of the hen.

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    This study showed 47 gram eggs starting at about 22 weeks of age and by the end of the first year of laying the eggs were about 67 grams and still increasing in size. One historical publication I read stated April was the month with the biggest eggs. A lot of this has to do with diets/climate. In there location that was the time of the year with the most abundant forage and the increased greens and protein meant larger eggs.

    Our Cream Legbar hens usually don't level off their egg size until they are in their second laying season.
     
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