Increasing egg size

raacampbell

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jul 15, 2009
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Long Island NY
Hi,

I have a question about how egg size increases as the chicken ages. In order to get larger eggs is it enough for the chicken to become older or is it also important for the bird to have a break from laying and then re-start.

Rob
 

feathersnuggles

Songster
10 Years
Sep 4, 2009
1,120
14
151
Seattle
Generally, the quality of the egg is improved after a hen has molted - especially the first big molt. And they often, but not always, stop laying during a molt, as the oviduct can use some downtime to undergo the conditioning it needs for egg color and size improvement. At the same time, the hen drops her body feathers and regrows all new ones. Molts are hard on them. It's nice to feed them extra protein during that time, so they can more easy go through it.
 

newchicksnducks

Songster
11 Years
May 19, 2009
805
9
171
Richfield, Summit Co.,Ohio
All pullets tend to lay smaller eggs. As they mature, they will start laying what their breed size determines. Example - A young Jersey Giant may lay small or medium eggs, but by the time she is mature, her eggs will usually be extra large.
 

raacampbell

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jul 15, 2009
72
0
39
Long Island NY
@newchicksnducks

Thanks but my question was whether age alone is sufficient or is it necessary for them to "switch off" over the winter?
 

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