Egg size - is that as big as they get?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ggardner55, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. Ggardner55

    Ggardner55 Hatching

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    My orpington just started laying this weekend. The eggs are medium sized (or at least they are smaller than the grocery store "large". I thought they lay large eggs, but they seem more like medium. Will they always be this size or as she gets a little older and more "seasoned", will they get bigger?
    Also, the same is true for my easter egger. Just curious.
    Glenda
     

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  2. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    They get bigger as they continue to lay. She's just a pullet.
     
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  3. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    Hard to say without reference yes usually eggs start smaller than they will be
    tell you what we have a thread devoted just o our eggs a day feel free to join us there
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/how-many-eggs-you-get-today.120083/page-4547
     
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    It can take from a couple weeks to 6 months for pullet eggs to get up to a 'large' size.


    FYI.....semantics, maybe, but can be important communication terms when discussing chicken behavior.
    Female chickens are called pullets until one year of age, then they are called hens.
    Male chickens are called cockerels until one year of age, then they are called cocks(or cockbirds or roosters).
    Age in weeks or months is always a good thing to note.
     
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  5. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller

    Oh yep they get bigger the older the pullet gets Like art said after a year old they are considered hens.... but they will continue to get bigger over the years.

    My bantams first eggs were eensy like about the size of a Jordan Almond. lOL.

    YOu may find that first eggs may not have a yolk.... No biggie its just their egg production line getting in gear.

    deb
     
  6. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Crowing

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    Like others have said, they'll get bigger.
    My seven 10 month old Barred Rocks started to lay between 20 and 23 weeks. Their first eggs averaged 1.5 oz/43 grams, (small) Now they average 2 oz/57 grams (large). But range from medium to XL.
    The smallest egg was a 1/4 ounce/7grams, when they started to lay 20190508_113358.jpg shown next to the largest egg I ever got, 105 grams/3.7 ounces from my Golden Comets at 3 years old. GC
     
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  7. Ggardner55

    Ggardner55 Hatching

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    Thank you, Everyone, for your responses. All great information!
     
  8. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

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    I like to set aside an empty egg carton as I collect first pullet eggs from each new layer. I place each pullet's eggs in a carton in the order they were laid. After collecting a dozen, it's very interesting to see how each egg is a tiny bit larger than the egg from the day before. Then comparing the first egg to the twelfth egg, I can see how much larger the eggs have become. By the end of two weeks, the eggs have pretty much reached the maximum size that individual will lay.

    I'm easy to amuse.
     
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  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Chuckles.
    I did that my first year with new pullets.
    Weighed(wrote weight on egg) and recorded the data too.
    6 pullets, each with unique eggs, tracked for 9-10 months.
    Took way longer than 2 weeks to reach 'max' size.
    But it was fun to watch them get bigger.
     
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  10. KIMEng

    KIMEng In the Brooder

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    These forums are super informative, I'm learning so much as a new Chicken mom. I was also concerned at first re my pullets egg size I have a Buff Orpington, Barred Rock, and a Silver lace Wyandotte..I believe they are all laying now, the Buff started at 16 wks old and her eggs were small. I did not expected them to begin laying until 20-24 weeks and still had them on the transition feed-I thought that was the reason for the sm egg-l but they are progressively getting bigger, and the Buff's shell is quite thick. I have added veggies to their diet now, squash, orange beets, mango here and there and corn. The girls will tear a corn Cobb up!! It's hard to find the no GMO stuff, but Whole foods has it. The taste of a fresh just layed egg is like no other, sm or large. How amazed I was to get a double yolk the second week, this was not from the Buff as this egg was longer and thinner than her eggs, but 2 yolks it had!!! I don't think going egg collecting will ever get dull-I'm always so excited to find an egg!! I have not been weighing them but definitely use the egg cartoon and watch the progression in size. I do think it will take longer than 2 weeks to get to full size. IMG_3020.jpg
     

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