egg size from new layers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Bearing1, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. Bearing1

    Bearing1 Out Of The Brooder

    3 of my hens started laying eggs this week and they are about half size of a normal egg when will they start laying full size eggs. 3 fried eggs are like eating 1 egg.
    I'm sure this has been asked many times but I couldn't find an answer by searching.
     
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2010
  2. JosieChick

    JosieChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2010
    Lyman, ME
    My girls started laying a few weeks ago and they laid "pullet sized eggs" for about 2 weeks and are already getting bigger in size. I guess they need to get a little practice before they lay traditional sized eggs! Those little eggs are kind of cute though!
     
  3. ThePamperedPullet

    ThePamperedPullet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Some of our hens it has only taken a week or so while others it takes a few months. It varies with the breed and individual bird.
     
  4. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pullet eggs are normally quite small. It happens a little differently with different chickens, but you should notice that they get bigger over time, until their first molt. After the first molt, they often get even bigger.

    My chickens are nearing their first molt. I am just now getting about 50% qualified "large" eggs. The rest are usually mediums. Other folks report different results than mine.
     
  5. Bearing1

    Bearing1 Out Of The Brooder

    I guess we will be eating dozens of eggs each week for a while then
     
  6. They will gradually increase in size. Within a month they should be as large as they will usually be. If you track each chicken you can visibly see the eggs get bigger and bigger.
     
  7. willandtessasmama

    willandtessasmama New Egg

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    Same thing here. My husband found the first egg in the coop tonight. We are pretty sure it is from the hen the kids call Merleah because she is an Ameraucana and it is a blue egg, bigger than those small chocolate eggs but smaller than a Cadbury's egg. Kids are excited of course and the shell seems strong--we've been putting granite and oyster shell in the food. It's just small so they wanted to know why. I think that's been answered here. All the chickens are about 5 months old now so we knew it was possible at any time. But you say 3 tinies are like one regular fried egg....so I take that to mean that the only anomaly is size and that the tiny egg is safe to eat. I was wondering about that. Am I understanding correctly? We will be rearranging the coop tomorrow for better laying quarters now that we know for sure that at least one of the hens has started laying.
     
  8. NevadaRon

    NevadaRon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The little eggs are fine to eat. My girls started laying a few days ago and their eggs are very tasty! [​IMG] I've been scrambling them though since they are too small to fry...
     
  9. 3chimama

    3chimama Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    My pullet eggs are getting a little bigger each day.
     
  10. Bearing1

    Bearing1 Out Of The Brooder

    NevadaRon

    Yes, they are good to eat they taste like eggs only better
     

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