Im hoping this is right spot question about standard size laying eggs

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Bock_Bock, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. Bock_Bock

    Bock_Bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 13, 2008
    Hayward, Ca
    so what i was wondering if you have a standard size hen who mates with a bantam rooster, is it possible for the hen to lay an egg with a bantam size chick in it, after so long i wondered this, i dont know why considering i have a bantam hen now that from the batch i hatched was all standard size eggs so i was wondering, do this chicks hatch out standars size and just dont grow as fast or much as standard thus morphing to a bantam size or do the chicks just not take up all the room in the egg and hatch out smaller then standard?
     
  2. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    good question. I know I have had a large fowl cross with a bantam hen, who laid a regular bantam egg. The hen hatched the same size as the bantams and grew faster. I think that a small chick might have trouble with excess fluid, so my guess would be like you said, that it hatches normal size, but just doesn't grow as much.
     
  3. Bock_Bock

    Bock_Bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 13, 2008
    Hayward, Ca
    so your hen hatched as a bantam but grew faster and ended as a bantam or was closer to being the size of a standard?
     
  4. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    She grew up midsize. This was a big Marans roo and a little BTW Japanese hen. They all hatched about the same size, but she quickly outgrew them. Here she is, the barred pullet, with her sister from the same hatch, a BTW Japanese.

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    Last edited: Dec 3, 2009
  5. Bock_Bock

    Bock_Bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 13, 2008
    Hayward, Ca
    thats a perfect shot nice looking too
     

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