My chickens

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by jjdurham, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. jjdurham

    jjdurham New Egg

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    Hi, I have 2 brown leg horns and 2 plymouth rocks, They are at the age of starting to lay eggs. :) but the eggs are very small. Is this normal?, will the eggs get larger?
     
  2. dsbailey70

    dsbailey70 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! Welcome to BYC! I've read where some chickens' first couple eggs or so can be smaller at first. If they are, they will eventually get to regular size.
     
  3. jjdurham

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    Thanks . I heard also if you grind up egg shells in their food, it offers extra calcium.
     
  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    A lotta folks do that. But it won't make the eggs larger, just stronger shells? First eggs are commonly small, pea sized and progressively get larger as they mature. But I do have one BR that even at 19 months old lays small to barely medium eggs…but she does have some genetic quirks. Final expected size of eggs, I think, are somewhat determined by breed. As time goes by, you'll see largest eggs from larger gals and those that lay nearly every day seem to lay progressively smaller each day, skip a day or so and then larger again.

    The smaller ones a quite cute. This is normal for chickens raised without manipulation, commercial egg farms have methods which I do not condone to delay egg laying til the chickens are older.
     

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