First egg - tiny

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by aequidens42, Mar 11, 2018.

  1. aequidens42

    aequidens42 In the Brooder

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    My bantam cross laid her first egg today (she's about 5.5 months old). But the egg is tiny, even smaller than her mother's (mother is a bantam, father a Rhode Island Red).

    Are they likely to get bigger as she gets older? I can't remember now how small my other hen's eggs were. There were never other ages or breeds to compare with, I guess.

    (in the pic the bigger egg is from a 3+ year old P1150542.JPG Plymouth Rock)
     
  2. MattCopeland

    MattCopeland Songster

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    Looks about normal size for a bantam to me
     
  3. aequidens42

    aequidens42 In the Brooder

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    It just seems so tiny. But the bantam has a bunch of chicks right now, so it's been many weeks since I've seen an egg from her, maybe my expectations are skewed.
     
  4. MattCopeland

    MattCopeland Songster

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    It looks the same size as my bantam cochin hens. My booted bantams lay eggs even smaller
     
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  5. aequidens42

    aequidens42 In the Brooder

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    Yea. I just did a google search and discovered it is in the typical range of bantam eggs (34g). I also weighed all the eggs I had in the fridge and discovered my typical egg is extra-large.
     
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  6. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    The 1st eggs produced by any newly laying pullet are generally considerably smaller than the average egg size for the given breed. The size and frequency of eggs increases over the next several weeks. There can even be times where a bird will lay several tiny eggs one whopper of an egg back to tiny eggs a few medium eggs eventually everything evens out.
     
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  7. andreanar

    andreanar Crowing

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    My bantam cochins lay tiny eggs too! The dogs usually eat them.
     
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  8. aequidens42

    aequidens42 In the Brooder

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    Good to know the's still hope for slightly bigger eggs (I have yet to puzzle out chicken genetics, so I don't know if a cross is more likely to be bantam, RIR or in between in size)
     
  9. oldhen2345

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    I got my first wind egg ( so cute) a few weeks ago and figured the chickens were through with that since the eggs have been great- good size and weight (I like the big girls). Today I get two wind eggs. How long does this usually go on? I have only been keeping chickens a few years but never got a wind egg before- now, I get these.
     

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  10. robinwhiskers

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    It's odd, all of our birds laid close to normal size or normal sized eggs right when they started laying, but every now and then our 9 month EE lays an itty bitty egg. It's weird but she seems healthy, and the chooks love when I cook up a tiny egg for them.
     
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