will eggs get bigger as hens get older?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by l'abeille, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. l'abeille

    l'abeille Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My BA has been laying for a couple of weeks now. She's laid 11 eggs. They are all small to medium sized. The breed is supposed to lay large eggs. Will egg size increase later?
     
  2. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes. Some of mine got to large size in a week or so and some took longer, but they all got bigger.
     
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  3. GraceAK

    GraceAK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes. Even when the egg production begins to decline, the eggs the hens do lay larger eggs.
     
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  4. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will get bigger as time goes on. [​IMG] Mine have all done that, with weak shells and kind of small at first. Boil those and feed them back to the chooks. [​IMG]
     
  5. jaboo81

    jaboo81 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All of mine have got larger with time. I did have one lay an egg without a shell, just the membrane and yoke. I thought that was very weird.
     
  6. Bravo

    Bravo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very interesting. I have the same situation going on. Roughly how long does it take for the size to increase? Are we talking weeks or months?

    Thanks!
     
  7. jwchicklady

    jwchicklady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my BO's still lay small pullet eggs even after months. my isa browns started right out with large to jumbo eggs and still are going strong.
     
  8. TDB

    TDB Out Of The Brooder

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    If shes a bantam her eggs will stay small if not then you have just got a hen that lays small eggs
     
  9. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

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    Lord I hope they get bigger as they grow, here's one that one of my Minorca's layed

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    My chickens are 9 months old and their eggs are a bit bigger than when they started laying, but still not grocery store egg size. It's my understanding that the eggs get bigger after their first molt. I have 2 molting now, but they haven't started laying since they started their molt.

    On the plus side, while they may not be as big as grocery store eggs, they taste LOADS better!
     

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