Newbie question on egg size

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Dooner, May 18, 2011.

  1. Dooner

    Dooner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Almost every day I get three eggs from three hens. Two eggs are similar in size and color. One is lighter and slightly larger but for the last few weeks, very consistent. Then on Monday, I got a giant egg. It was like 82 grams versus the normal 55 gram. Is this a quirk or a sign of things to come. They are production hens and have been laying for several months.
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    I'll bet if you crack it open, you will find two yolks in it. That can happen when their internal egg laying factory screws up and releases two yolks at the same time. If she has only done it once, it is probably not a pattern.
     
  3. Secretchicken

    Secretchicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Is there any way to "cause" a double yolk egg?
     
  4. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 8 month old brown leghorn hens and 1 adult unknown age plymouth hen. I've only had the plymouth for 5 days and the legs for 3. All 4 are laying, but from what I've read, the eggs seem smaller than they should be. Can this be due to the shock of moving or change in diet? Both breeds should be larger than average, I believe. What things (other than breed type) can affect egg size?
     
  5. Laigaie

    Laigaie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My understanding is that double-yolks aren't actually desirable, because the same egglayer confusion that causes a double-yolk can also cause shell-less eggs and hens who become egg-bound. On the other hand, some hens do this normally, and never have problems.
     

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