Oversized eggs... Good or Bad

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by birdwrangler057, Dec 8, 2016.

  1. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello BYC,
    I was recently told that it was harmful when my BR's and RIR's laid oversized eggs. Is this true, and what should I do to to get them laying normally? If this is helpful, they lay an abnormal egg about every other day. Thanks
     
  2. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    How "abnormally oversized" are they? If the hen is passing them without any trouble I personally would consider that a good thing.
     
  3. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm pretty sure they pass them easily, the eggs are about the size of a normal egg plus a half.
     
  4. 5acresandadream

    5acresandadream Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't think that sounds like a problem. It sounds more like you are just getting some nice jumbo eggs. Unless your hen is having trouble actually passing them then I don't see a problem.
     
  5. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK then, I can assuredly eat my "mega" eggs without worrying about the hen's health now. [​IMG]
    I did get a double yolker once, it was the size of three eggs. (only happened once, not on regular basis)
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    How old are your birds laying the 'oversized eggs'...... and what breed?
    How long have they been laying?
    Weighing and/or taking a pic with a quarter or dollar bill will help us see 'how' big.
     
  7. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    -They are Rhode Island Red's, and Barred Rocks.
    -They have been laying for almost 3 years, and are 31/2 years old.
    - Here is a picture of one larger egg with an average "large brown egg"...

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    Thanks, hope it helps
     
  8. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As long as she can lay with ease i think she will be fine.Just make sure to have Oyster shells available.To prevent her from getting Egg bound.
     

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