Egg Quality as laying diminishes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BaGAWK!!, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. BaGAWK!!

    BaGAWK!! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just got to thinking the other day, hens egg-laying slows down as she gets older. Does this also effect the quality of the egg, like as in, nutritionally?
     
  2. ninabeast

    ninabeast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know about that, but I just read that a hen's eggs will get bigger as she gets older.
     
  3. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    No, it doesn't affect egg quality as far as basic nutrition~same rich, orange yolks and great taste as well. Now, on the other hand, as a hen ages she may display ovulatory changes, as well as shell production changes.

    Often an older hen will lay several double yolkers for several days and then stop laying for a number of days. Her eggs may be odd shaped or colored or have no shell or soft shells. She may become an internal layer and become eggbound. When these changes start, it is usually best to cull this bird as she can get into some real health problems with this....painful and life threatening.

    I finally culled my ancient leghorn hen, Moby Dick, and found an enormous object inside her composed of layers upon layers of egg material. She didn't seem to be in any pain or illness but had stopped laying altogether after a few years of putting out many double yolkers.
     
  4. BaGAWK!!

    BaGAWK!! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Wow, that is amazing! Are double-yoke layers "dangerous" to themselves?
     
  5. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    I wince whenever I get them, honestly. I know some newer folks rejoice over the double yolker, but not me. I just cannot believe that such huge, doubled eggs can be seen as a positive thing. I am always grateful when the laying settles down and I do not see them.
     

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