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Smaller than pullet eggs in 3-year old layer ?? What's up with that??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by GreenMum, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. GreenMum

    GreenMum Out Of The Brooder

    I'm wondering if anyone could give me some ideas why my older hens might be suddenly laying eggs that are about 1" to 1 1/2" high? No joke, they are that small. My pullet eggs were bigger than these ones are. They aren't happening frequently but often enough in a flock of established layers to cause me to scratch my head as to what it could be. It isn't just my 3-yr old Welsummer that is doing it either, I've had these oddly small eggs from either my Chanteclers or my Jersey Giants (can't tell which one is laying which egg [​IMG]) and my Minorcas too. The only ones who haven't so far are my Ameraucanas. I'm assuming that it is a nutritional issue of some sort, but can't find if it's too much protein or too little. They are on a good-quality 18% layer pellet with scratch daily and any garden weeds and such too.
     
  2. nanawendy

    nanawendy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    Bellingham Wa
    Could they be "poopin' out" ???? All us woman folk give up the reproductive ghost @ some point
     
  3. GreenMum

    GreenMum Out Of The Brooder

    Oh, I do hope not!! They're only two and three years old, and heritage breeds. I've heard from a few different sources that the 'hybrid' layers will poop out after a couple of years, but that the heritage breeds will continue to lay for quite a few more, with of course progressively lesser eggs every year. Is this true? That the heritage breeds will lay for longer? I do know that they don't lay near as much as the 'hybrids' in their first year...
     

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