Why are her eggs getting SMALLER???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chuckzoo, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. chuckzoo

    chuckzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My one BR hen is now about 1 1/2yrs. She molted in the winter and after that started laying a nice big egg. Recently I have notice her eggs are getting smaller. In the winter I had them on 22% layer as they were not eating much.

    Since introducing my two new pullets about 4 weeks ago they have all been on 18% start and grow with oyster shell available at all times.

    Why are her eggs smaller? Is it the feed? The heat?
     
  2. chuckzoo

    chuckzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anybody?
     
  3. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    Its Could Be a lot of Factors It could be
    Stress From
    A Rooster
    Heat
    Cold
    Predators
    Mites
    Lice
    Scaly Let mites
    It could be Nutritional Deficiency [Which i don't think is the case]
    She Could Be Going into yet another molt, or a partial molt.
    Or simply her age or genetic make-up.
    I wouldn't worry though, I honestly think it is age.


    Goodluck
    Mark
     
  4. chuckzoo

    chuckzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks for the response.
    I can rule out the rooster ( I don't have one), mites, Lice, scaly leg mites, cold and hopefully predators since I live in a subdivision. She is only 1 and 1/2 yrs old so hopefully it is not that yet.

    Heat, perhaps? Do they lay smaller eggs if they eat less?
     

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