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Speckled sussex egg size

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by guitari609, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. guitari609

    guitari609 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have recently raised 8 Speckled Sussex hens, because I have read about what great dual purpose birds they are supposed to be. My first hen has started laying, and the eggs are tiny. The eggs are just barely larger than a bantam egg. I recently spoke to another guy around me with sussex who said that his lay fairly small-medium sized eggs. Is this anyone elses experience, or should I expect larger eggs? My RIR's laid pretty large eggs from the start that just kept getting bigger. I like the overall personality and temperament of the sussex, but the egg size is just too disappointing right now, and I may switch back to all RIR.
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Mine lay a medium to large egg.
     
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Most LF pullets lay smaller eggs to start off with, they will increase in size as she becomes accustom to laying. Just working the kinks out!
     
  4. RAREROO

    RAREROO Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with Tuffoldhen.

    My Sussex also layed a small egg at first but they have gotted bigger now, but not quite as big as my Barred Rocks.
     
  5. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

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    The sussex I had were McMurray girls and never layed more than an almost white, medium sized egg. They were very sweet birds and the most friendly so were worth their short comings!
     
  6. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2008
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    So far, my girl lays tiny eggs.......well, tiny compared to the XXXXXL my australorp lays and the XL eggs my EE's lay anyway!!! [​IMG]
     
  7. liberty

    liberty Out Of The Brooder

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    I just got my first SS egg today and it is soooo small and very soft - like it's just membrane. I understand your disappointment.
     
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    ANY chicken is apt to lay small and/or membranous eggs at the start -- this has been bred out of serious production layers to a greater degree, which is why you may not be used to it from your RIR's.

    My sussexes lay medium (like, the large side of medium) to large eggs that are mostly light to medium brown, one of them lays barely tinted eggs that could pass for white if you are not paying attention.

    I am sure there is variation among lines and perhaps there are lines that lay smaller eggs overall, but I would not judge your birds til they have been in *regular* lay for a few months.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  9. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

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    My sussex lay huge almost white eggs, but I got some hatching eggs from the same breeder- and they are medium/large and light brown. [​IMG]
     
  10. Aynur

    Aynur Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 6 speckle Sussex too as backyard chicken. They are beautiful, very smart, curious, funny. Well, they also do tiny egg. And I really don't mind if it will not get larger since it will be easier for them than huge eggs coming out from their torso. They give me presents a lot that I can just simply use 2 eggs versus 1. So I am good and happy on that part. I have read it will get larger by time. I will be good with that too as long as they do not have pain while they are egging. I am even going more crazy to say; figure out what they cause them egg more in their diet, avoiding if possible. I thought it is not natural, and read wild original chicken has only 15 eggs in a year the max, just to reproduce. Yeah I am weird that way. There are too many good reasons to have chickens in my life - Weird Crazy Animal Lover.
     

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