Is there any way to increase egg size?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by keyt1969, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. keyt1969

    keyt1969 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had a customer today tell me that my chicken eggs were too small compared to the person she usually buys them from. I didn't ask her if she knew what breed chickens they had. I know a good portion of my chickens are young yet, but I also read people using dog food or fish meal?

    Any ideas?
     
  2. hipeatall

    hipeatall Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2009
    I don't know of any way you could increase the size of the eggs you are getting from your existing flock... but here is a chart that you might find helpful http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html it has a "Egg color & productivity; egg size" field.
    Hope it's helpful. [​IMG]
     
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  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    1. They lay pullet eggs first, which are smaller.
    2. The higher the protein level, the larger the eggs- according to a BYC'er who sells eggs professionally. But you don't want to overdo it either. There are higher protein feeds, like 20%, where you have to give oyster shell separately.
    3. Be careful with fish meal, as too much will make the eggs taste bad.
     
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