jumbo size eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 64eggless1964, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. 64eggless1964

    64eggless1964 New Egg

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    what causes the chicken to lay jumbo eggs. I have golden comets and since molting they lay a jumbo size egg, according to the egg carton it fits, about once a week.
     
  2. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    I've discovered with my ISA's that high protein levels in food makes for JUMBO eggs, but they are never double yolks, just ginormous eggs. As soon as I changed feed to lower protein the eggs returned to a more normal, still large to extra-large, eggs.
     
  3. ChicKat

    ChicKat Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    I'm no eggspert--- and my Golden Comet ---- who is a scrawney thing -- you can see her on my page....also lays Jumbo eggs. In the Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens it identifies Jumbo eggs as 2.5 ounces (and up).

    Golden Comets are bred to lay large eggs, frequently. Your comet is just doing what she was bred for.

    I did worry -- "she is such a little thing--how does she lay such a large egg?" -- but I don't now.

    Age, breed, nutrition and living conditions all have an effect. Your hen is at the age where she is laying her largest.

    There was a place where I heard that the amount of protein in the diet also has some effect on egg size. I think partly the heavier the hen, the larger the egg to expect.

    I should also say that it is one sign that she is in good living conditions.
     
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2011

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