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Improving egg size and laying frequency?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by phaethona, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. phaethona

    phaethona Songster

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    My backyard free-ranging girls are 23 weeks old, we just got our first egg two weeks ago [​IMG]
    the breeds are:
    6 production reds
    1 white leghorn
    1 partridge rock
    1 BSL
    1 unknown, but here's a pic:

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    So I think we have three layers out of the 10 hens we have. So far in the first two weeks we've had a grand total of 7 eggs, and they're all really small. maybe I'm overly anxious, but I was thinking that we'd have more than that, and I want them to start getting bigger. Their daily diet consists of:
    16% layer feed
    bugs in the yard
    B.O.S.S.
    oyster shell available
    about every other day I give them plain yogurt, cheese, cooked eggs, etc. as a treat

    Is there anything I can do/avoid to help them along with their production and egg size?

    thanks!
     
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2010

  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Egg size will increase overtime. As far as frequency it pretty much depends on the breed and the individual bird as well as their living conditions.
     
  3. gallusdomesticus

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    Egg size does increase over time but their frequency of laying is dependent upon their 25hr ovulation cycle.; they can't lay any more often than that. Additionally, if they're stressed by heat or other factors, their laying frequency will decrease
     
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

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