Laying small eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by themechanicbob, Jan 13, 2018.

  1. themechanicbob

    themechanicbob Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 15 Australorp hens. They are 7 months old and have started to lay. Problem is I am getting small to medium eggs. Is this due to feed? I feed chopped corn and hen scratch with lay mash. I give oyster shell once a week. Any help would be appreciated. I have raised other hens and got large and x-large when they started laying.
     
  2. Lostchicken

    Lostchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They may lay small eggs when they first start but they will get larger as they lay. I have three new ones just starting to lay and I am getting small eggs but that will change after they lay a few more times, it is just the first few times when they start.
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    It's normal for new layers. Pullets start out laying small eggs, and they will gradually increase in size as they get older.
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    As for the diet, a balanced layer feed is all that is needed. Too much scratch and extra corn can lead to nutrient deficiencies.
     
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  5. themechanicbob

    themechanicbob Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I continue to get small. I have been getting eggs for 2 weeks now.
     
  6. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    It is primarily because they are pullets. Pullets lay very small eggs. They will get bigger in 2 to 4 months.
    However, I would cut out some of the corn and scratch. Layer feed is 16% protein and that is about the minimum necessary in protein percentage to make egg yolks/albumen. Depending on what percentage those treats make up, the lower protein could possibly cause smaller eggs.
    If 20% of the intake is corn/scratch, you've dropped the total crude protein to about 14%.
    Not only is scratch and corn low in crude protein, it is missing some of the essential amino acids.
     
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  7. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    2 weeks isn't enough time to judge but cut out the corn.
    If you read the feeding instructions on the guaranteed analysis tag, it will say that this is a complete feed and no supplements are necessary.
     
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  8. Xlcandylx

    Xlcandylx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My two girls laid small eggs at there start about a month after they grew to much larger eggs.
     
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  9. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Flock Master

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  10. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie Don't count your Eggs until they hatch Premium Member

    :thumbsup Ours are on egg maker feed. Occasional barley grain. When that high protein is introduced daily if available (barley), the eggs from my MATURE STOCK will not fit into any jumbo carton on the market. Even placing them in a flat they have to be staggered to make them fit. Down side is many double yokes. No good for incubation or Broody girls. So no super protein for my breeder houses. Just the Breakfast House.
    Back to the OP, your birds are very young. Your eggs will slowly become larger gradually. It is like watching a pot waiting for it to boil I know, but it will happen.:D
    BTW.. good thread.. thx for starting it.
     
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