Size of first egg???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tbrz70, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. tbrz70

    tbrz70 Out Of The Brooder

    May 28, 2011
    I am SO excited!! We got our first egg today but I was wondering is it normal for the first ones to be on the small side? It is beautiful, shell is hard and clean however it is about 2/3 the size of an egg from the grocery store. I thought it is probably normal when they first start laying that they be smaller but just thought I would run it by the experts on here! My girls are 4.5 to about 5 months old!

  2. so lucky

    so lucky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2011
    SE Missouri
    Yes, the first eggs are often small. They may stay small while the girls are young. Guess this is where the term "pullet eggs" comes from. Occasionally you get a big one or a double-yolker. Some folks luck out and get big or normal size eggs from the start. Congratulations on your first egg!
  3. tbrz70

    tbrz70 Out Of The Brooder

    May 28, 2011
    Thank you!!!
  4. Farm_Maven

    Farm_Maven Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2011
    yeppers. little is perfectly normal at the beginning!
  5. golledge

    golledge New Egg

    Jun 26, 2011
    can anyone tell me why two of my chickens that have just started laying had a normal egg first but now they are soft shelled and they are laying them in the night. They have a constant supply to calcium grit and I also also feed them vegtables and rice as treats. This has been going on for four days now.
  6. Christie Loves Silkies

    Christie Loves Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Congratz on your first egg!
  7. Kaeta44

    Kaeta44 Chillin' With My Peeps

    tbrz70 - There's nothing to beat the taste of eggs from your own chickens - much tastier than anything you buy in the shops. The first eggs are often small - but don't be surprised if the size varies a bit from time to time over your hens' lifetimes.

    golledge - try giving your chickens some plain live yoghurt, the extra protein will help harden the shell
  8. LT

    LT Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2011
    West Fork
    Quote:I suspect they are still getting the hang of the laying process. Give them a week or so to figure everything out. The same thing happened with our first girl who started laying. She laid 6 perfect eggs, then a shell-less, weird egg, then a soft shell egg, and now every egg since has been perfect in every way.
  9. brahmakid11

    brahmakid11 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2011
    sitting on the toilet

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