Eggs long until they start to get bigger?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Karen 2739, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. Karen 2739

    Karen 2739 In the Brooder

    Aug 7, 2010
    San Diego
    I know they all start small. About how long until the eggs get normal to big in size? I've only had two so far and the second was a little bigger. Is that just how it goes???[​IMG]

  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Songster

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    It can take a little while, but it also depends on the breed and the individual bird. They tend to get a bigger over time and then, after their first molt, they get to be the size they will end up being.
  3. ryan820

    ryan820 Songster

    Dec 30, 2010
    I have one hen producing right now and shes on her 9th or 10th egg and they aren't getting bigger, but they are noticeably larger than her first four or five....I suspect they will get a little larger yet even as she's still not entirely filled out. But two of her eggs will make a small to medium omelet...three a large one. She's been laying for roughly three weeks now.
  4. wannabchick

    wannabchick Songster

    Nov 27, 2010
    Northen Va
    What is their first molt? Usually?

    Cause this is good to know..
  5. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Songster

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    Quote:Well....there is a 'spose to', which I believe is the fall after their first year. But while they are growing, there are sometimes a couple of "mini molts." That being said, my Buff Orpington went through a big molt her first fall when she was about 6 months old and didn't lay until the spring. Feathers everywhere! And one of my EEs (same age) went through a pretty big molt in winter. The Barred Rock and the other EE did not.
  6. I have six black Australorps, one of which started laying on July 24th. The first egg was very small, but now, 16 days later, they are weighing close to "large" in size. A large egg weighs 2 ounces. On day 8 & 9 of laying I got an egg that weighed 1.87 ounces and 1.92 ounces, pretty close to 2 ounces. Four others have started to lay and I sometimes get five eggs a day from very small to big medium. The four eggs I got yesterday were all at least "medium" so that's not bad for young pullets that just started laying in the last two weeks. I am really pleased at how fast they increased in size.

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