How do major egg production corporations consistently get the extra large egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by serenitywest, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. serenitywest

    serenitywest New Egg

    Aug 5, 2011
    How do major egg production corporations consistently get the extra large egg? Obviously chicken breed/genetics is of key importance. Are there any insider tricks?
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    More protein = larger eggs. So they would feed their 16% protein or whatever they feed ration and not dilute that with lots of scratch and treats.

    Also cull for egg size in your breeder flocks.

    These are two things I have read on BYC....
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Have you checked out some of the rearing guidelines that some of the companies have for some of their birds, like the ISA people have published. p (check the crosses under "Layers", they have guidelines for each) It seems to be a combination of genetics, selecting for egg size, and rearing techniques/feeding program.
  4. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2008
    Some of the ways they get such a consistent egg size are not available to the backyard breeder. For instance, they'll withhold certain amino acids when the pullet's egg size is at 80% of where they want to final egg size to be, which keeps them from getting too large to fit in the cartons. Then when the pullet's eggs are the correct size, they'll add those aminos back to the ration. Also, remember that the same layer house might be putting the mediums in one carton, the larges in another, and the extra-larges in yet other cartons. Easy to do when you've got a robot to do the sorting for you.

    That's actually my biggest problem--eggs that are too big to fit in the carton. I'd much rather have more size large eggs than fewer size jumbos, which is what I've got right now. I'm considering lowering my protein percentage in order to see if that decreases the egg size for my next batch of birds.
  5. RhodeRunner

    RhodeRunner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2009
    Ashtabula, Ohio
    Diet and genetics play a big role, but the commercial corporations also sort the eggs.
  6. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

    May 19, 2009
    western PA
    My Coop
    Quote: Just out of curiosity, which of your breeds are laying the jumbo eggs? A breed known for that or not?
  7. bahamabanty

    bahamabanty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2013
    Layer feed.
    I have 3 exbat leghorns that I fed kitchen(s)crap(s) for 4 months because feed was unavailable, I got smaller and less eggs, (1 maybe 2 per day).
    I now have been feeding them layer feed and get 3 large eggs per day.
  8. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2008
    We run a lot of Golden Comets from Meyer. They've been the biggest offender by far. Some hens, instead of giving me 6 large eggs a week, will give me 2-3 140g eggs that aren't even double-yolkers.
  9. ECBW

    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2011
    The egg factories sort the eggs and eliminate any odd shape, size, even texture. Any egg that does not make the grade, gets cracked into a pouch with other rejects and sold for commercial use such as cake and pastry factories. Saw it on a documentary.

    As for breed, my Barred Rock lays jumbo eggs that do not fit in any carton. Next is Production Red. My RIR, BO, BA, SLW all lay typical size.
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2013
  10. spangledcornish

    spangledcornish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 4, 2009
    Southwest, WI
    Commercial egg FARMS, do not all have the same size egg, as stated there is a great deal of sorting that goes on. there are many factors that influence egg size age genetics, environmental/ lighting and feed. While many times we only see what the stores order there are many eggs that a are packaged of all sizes at the egg facility and yes the eggs that don't fit into the days need generally get sent to breaking plants for liquid egg, or further processed egg products.

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