Radio Show Trivia :Egg sizes, Calcium

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Markp1964, Sep 29, 2007.

  1. Markp1964

    Markp1964 In the Brooder

    Sep 4, 2007
    On the NPR program "The Splendid Table" the host was answering a trivia question about egg sizes and stated that a hen has in her body at birth all the shell making material she will ever have, and that as a bird ages her eggs will gradually become larger. That is why young birds lay small and medium eggs and more mature birds give jumbos, but the jumbo shell is thinner and easier to crack.

    Does this make any sense to folks who really know chickens? I know any female vertebrate-avian or mammalian-has all the OVA she will ever produce in her ovaries at birth (before birth really) but shell making material is constatnly being taken in-thats why we have to make sure the diet is correct and suppliment with oyster shells,etc.

    Any thoughts?
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2007
  2. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

    Jul 14, 2007
    EXIT 109 on 95
    you have it right the hen has all the egg starter, but not the shell material, that is why they must have eggshell and/or oyster shell available or thier body will start to take calcium from bones to make the shell, also why you fed them layer feed because it has calcium in it too.
  3. Catalina

    Catalina Songster

    Jul 19, 2007
    I heard that show too.
    It makes me wonder if her trivia answers on other weeks have been correct. [​IMG]

    Did she also say brown chickens with white earlobes lay white eggs?
    I forget what she said and I thought the earlobe thing wasn't true all the time. [​IMG]
  4. Markp1964

    Markp1964 In the Brooder

    Sep 4, 2007
    her info about calcium for shells is not right-what about what she said regarding egg sizes?

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