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When will my eggs get bigger???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by aliciaford, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. aliciaford

    aliciaford In the Brooder

    Mar 31, 2008
    My hens have been laying for about 6-8 weeks now, and out of 16 eggs, about 12 are pretty small. When should I expect that they will get bigger? Its hard to charge someone for a dozen eggs when they seem so small to me...
  2. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    hi Alicia! [​IMG]

    glad to see you here [​IMG]

    Do you have standard chickens, or bantams?

    Do you give them free-choice Oyster Shell?

    What sort of feed are they on? Do you give them kitchen scraps, aka "treats"?
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2008
  3. aliciaford

    aliciaford In the Brooder

    Mar 31, 2008
    I give them free choice oyster shell and we give them tons of kitchen scraps, ect and we have not changed their feed recently or anything...
  4. ashyannehand

    ashyannehand Songster

    Jun 25, 2008
    Wade, Mississippi
    Hi and Welcome - [​IMG]

    I can only tell you my experience. My pullets are 8 months old. With mine they have gradually gotten bigger over time. I still get some small ones. But most are larger now and ocassionally I get a HUGE one. Those are always fun - double yolks. Anyway - the larger eggs will come! [​IMG]
  5. aliciaford

    aliciaford In the Brooder

    Mar 31, 2008
    Ya know, after reading all the other posts on different subjects, I swear the eggs were bigger before and maybe they are going into a molt???
  6. cackle

    cackle Songster

    Jul 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    Great question. My first RIR pullet started laying on the 15th of September. We occasionally get a average size egg then for several days all the eggs will be small again. I have no idea now that we are getting up to 6 a day which one is laying what size egg.

    Today we got a small very dark brown egg. I am thinking maybe a BR? Yesterday was the first time we saw a BR in the nest box.
  7. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    at that age they should be laying a med-large-ex Large.
  8. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    Maybe you're right and they are going into a molt. Seems like everyone's chickens are molting right now. Are you seeing a lot of feathers?
  9. dancingbear

    dancingbear Songster

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    Quote:That depends mostly on the breed, though feed and environment plays a role, as well. Some never lay large or extra large. The largest eggs will be during the 2nd and 3rd years of lay, in my experience. By the end of the 3rd, that's about as big as they'll get, they'll pretty much stay that way as long as that hen continues to lay, which will become less frequent as she ages. How long, will again depends mostly on the breed.
  10. feathersgalore

    feathersgalore Songster

    Sep 4, 2008
    Central Ohio
    My older hens (some around 3) are laying very large eggs.

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