Egg size an indicator of nutritional status?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by AllenK RGV, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. AllenK RGV

    AllenK RGV Chicken Addict

    In the early spring/late winter my 4 hens had the yard to themselves and we had them totally on free range status. They have grit and OS free choice at the water stations and I haven't even bothered offering Flock Feed as they have been ignoring it completely. Now there is competition as many new breeders(wild birds) have moved in and are competing for resources on a 1 acre lot. They still have all the grass they can eat free choice and they are first out the gate for the morning bugs. Today I bought layer pellets with this though in mind........

    Today their eggs were all in the small range and I was wondering if they aren't getting enough protein to fill their eggs properly? Shells are still perfect never had a single misfire there.
     
  2. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    The nutritional status of the hen is your best indicator of the nutritional status of the egg.
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  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    I have 4 acres available for range (when predators are under control). When my birds are able to range that land which is a mix of lawn, woodland, mulched orchard, long grass/weeds, they still get their fermented layer feed. They choose how much of the layer they will eat. I could not imagine not having the layer available to them.
     
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  4. AllenK RGV

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    As I said they had lost interest in it so I wasn't offering, and today I just noticed smaller eggs so thought it might be an indicator that they are missing something. My pasture for them is no longer in its springtime green state. As we are hitting the low 90's consistantly for about the last month with just around .2 inches of rain.
     
  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    Any chance your feed was old? It starts to go rancid 6 weeks after mill date.
     
  6. AllenK RGV

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    This is a bit too cryptic for me as they are all looking great and running around doing chicken things.
     
  7. AllenK RGV

    AllenK RGV Chicken Addict

    No when it is old after 30 days I offer it to my neighbor for his pig.
     
  8. AllenK RGV

    AllenK RGV Chicken Addict

    I'll keep monitoring this. Potentially it is just a random one off each one left an egg today and all 4 were just on the small side of what I usually find.
     

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