Egg Size Selection

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Byrdj, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. Byrdj

    Byrdj Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 7, 2008
    Commerce, GA
    Can you select for large egg size by only hatching the largest eggs to eventually have a strain of chickens that lay larger eggs than what you started with? I know you can selectively breed your largest chickens to each other and increase the size of your birds, but didn't know if it works for eggs also.
  2. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    Rowan County, NC
    I would assume so, since a bird's average egg size is genetic (other things can effect it, but I mean in general). Make sure to keep the roosters out of your largest eggs to breed to hens out of/laying the largest eggs. And when you need to add in new blood to keep from too much inbreeding, just look for more jumbo eggs [​IMG]

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