Jumbo eggs killing my chickens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PaulADK, Mar 20, 2015.

  1. PaulADK

    PaulADK Out Of The Brooder

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    I went into this past winter with a small flock consisting of nine Leghorns, four EE's, four red sex link, and two Black Jersey Giants. The birds were all one year old in February. I am now down to 7 Leghorns. As near as I can determine both of the birds I have lost succumbed due to hemorrhage as a result of laying one or more gigantic eggs. (Today's egg, shown in the photo below, is an astonishing,, six and seven eighths inches in circumference.)

    I have raised chickens for many years and do not remember having had this problem in the past. All I can think of is that perhaps it is this strain of Leghorns - no pun intended.

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  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    It's a reasonable theory indeed. I have culled out double-yolker laying lines because of the threat to the hen's lives. I had quite a few of them, straight from the breeders. Just another thing that put me off purebreds. Some of the eggs those poor hens laid were more than twice the size of a normal XL egg. They suffered quite a bit laying them, needless to say.

    Best wishes.
     

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