small chicken eggs, please help!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nanc0143, May 17, 2009.

  1. nanc0143

    nanc0143 New Egg

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    I have only three chickens for pets and eggs. Two Rhode Isle Reds and one barred rock.
    The problem I am having is they are laying small eggs. They are over a year old and the eggs aren't getting any larger.
    A friend of ours told us that he had Rhode Isle Reds and they were large eggs.
    Am I doing something wrong or what is happening?
    The chickens are getting the best lay pellets and fresh water all the time. They are on the range all day until I lock them in at dusk.
    What is the problem, does anyone know?
    Your help is greatly appreciated.
    nanc1430
     
  2. LilbitChicken

    LilbitChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, I am still new to chickens....I have only had mine for a week! [​IMG]
    But I am curious as to what others have to say.. have you read any info about egg production?
    Do they get oyster shell with their food?[​IMG]
     
  3. Agape Builder

    Agape Builder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This might sound like a stupid question, but how large are your birds? Rhode Island Reds (and I think Barred Rocks, but not sure on those) come in both standard full sized birds and smaller bantam versions. The bantam versions are going to lay a smaller egg than the full sized versions.

    Remember, a RIR is a big meaty bird and I am guessing that your birds should be at least a good 6-8 pounds already. If they are only 3-5, then you have bantams and you will always get smaller eggs.
     
  4. meme9726

    meme9726 Out Of The Brooder

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    Did they just begin laying? First time layers will begin with small eggs but they will get larger if this is the case.
     

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