Tiny eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by argus573, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. argus573

    argus573 New Egg

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    I have a trio of Mille Fluer Old English bantams that have always laid very tiny eggs- some have been completely empty or with very little yolk. They are over a year old now and are still laying these tiny eggs. I thought maybe after time that they would start laying regular eggs but haven't yet. Has anyone else experienced this with their chickens? If so, how can I correct this problem. I hate to give up on these beautiful chickens, as my intention was to breed them.
     
  2. chickentooth

    chickentooth Out Of The Brooder

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    general rule smaller the chicken smaller the eggs. A few of the eggs in your hand look to be bantam size but the others are obviously tiny. unfortunately we can't control egg size. Egg quality on the other hand we can affect by making sure the chicks get plenty of calcium and other nutrients to make quality eggs. Usually the first few eggs from a chick are small and sometimes funny looking after a few times though they produce what they will produce.
     
  3. argus573

    argus573 New Egg

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    Chickentooth,

    thanks for your reply. The picture is somewhat misleading without a regular Bantam egg next to them. The largest of the eggs is still half the size of my other Bantam eggs. Based on your reply, there is nothing you can do to improve egg size? Do you think I should try to incubate some of these eggs this spring?
     
  4. chickentooth

    chickentooth Out Of The Brooder

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    I would pick my best eggs for incubation, if you are looking for bigger eggs then pick the bigger eggs for incubation, not to say one of the smaller eggs wouldn't yield a bird that layed larger eggs, but just as with certain breeds being great egg layers also within the breeds there are some good layers and some not as good. So just as if you were to want to breed for any other genetic trait treat the eggs size similar. If you really like the birds that are laying the small eggs for some othe reason like temperment or color or how pretty they are, then yes i would incubate them for that reason.
     
  5. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    Unfortunately, at this point, you have the eggs you're going to have. These birds are old enough that they shouldn't be laying pullet eggs any more.

    If you're getting lots of witch eggs, then of course those aren't fertile. And the fertility of the others may be affected, too, since clearly the hens' egg laying machinery isn't working properly.

    If you really, really like these birds and want to breed from them (although super teeny and witch eggs would disqualify them in my breeding program) then I'd get a rooster from a line known to lay nicely sized fertile eggs. That way, you're improving the next generation. I'd be afraid to just breed within the line you have, since they are showing this undesirable trait and you don't want to fix that trait in the line.
     

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