How to get bigger eggs

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How to get bigger eggs

Post by henboy » Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:19 pm

hi all hope this isn't a daft question but ive had this for along time and I know my hens can lay a bigger egg as they have done previously , basically my eggs are all on the small side hens are approx a good year old now and there diet is layers pellets in feeders all time I throw a hand full of crushed maize in run every other day also greens and scraps but eggs are small ive tried different make layers all the same the only time ive noticed bigger eggs is when I put them in a smaller pen which was still 15m by 10m the eggs went huge do you have any tips on how I can at least get normal size eggs oh they have gallons of fresh water daily too .
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Re: How to get bigger eggs

Post by Hen-Gen » Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:44 pm

I’d try worming them. Flubenvet is the wormer of choice. You can buy it online or from your agricultural supplier.
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Re: How to get bigger eggs

Post by henboy » Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:18 pm

hi yes sorry I did this a month ago with hey gates flubenvet feed and thats always worked for me not that ive ever had worms
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Re: How to get bigger eggs

Post by Marigold » Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:35 pm

What breed are they? are they egg laying hybrids or something else? I've always found that genetics and individual differences account for egg size. Dual purpose breeds such as Sussex sometimes lay comparatively small eggs in relation to their size as they are also bred to produce meat and their larger bodies take more of the nourishment that might go into egg size in some other lighter-weight breeds. It's not uncommon for pullets to lay very large eggs in the early stages, double yolkers at times, and then to settle down to normal. once in full lay.
What's the average weight of the eggs at the moment? Are they all mostly laying every day?
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Post by chrismahon » Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:34 pm

There are two problems I can think of with bigger eggs Henboy- thin shells and prolapses. So I guess it's not a trait that is going to be bred for and that's why 'large' eggs are generally the largest produced. We did have a hybrid that produced extremely large green eggs, typically over 80 grammes, but sadly she only lived a year.
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Re: How to get bigger eggs

Post by henboy » Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:55 pm

when I say big eggs I just want a average sized egg mine are small , my hens are brown hybrids they did lay bigger eggs not sure what I did different but my eggs now are approx 50grams .
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Re: How to get bigger eggs

Post by Marigold » Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:12 pm

Well, yes, that is strangely small! The size you would expect from a pullet laying her first few, not a brown hybrid bird over a year old. Are they all the same breed and from the same supplier? Could you contact the supplier and ask what might be going on?
Which make of layers pellets are you using?
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Re: How to get bigger eggs

Post by chrismahon » Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:05 am

50 grammes is almost bantam size. I can remember years back we had a problem with ours laying fewer eggs- turns out they were not eating the layers pellets, preferring to fill up with 'rubbish' they foraged in the orchard. We solved this by keeping them confined to a small run in the mornings and only let them out after lunchtime. We still do this.
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Re: How to get bigger eggs

Post by Marigold » Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:23 am

So how much free ranging are they doing, Henboy? I notice you said they laid OK in your 'smaller pen' which is 15 X 10 metres, quite large unless you have lots of birds. How many hens do you actually have, and what size pen are they in at the moment?
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Re: How to get bigger eggs

Post by henboy » Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:06 am

2 pens thats the smaller one with 6 hens in the other is double that size and 14 hens , im in process of trying different layers now but obviously giving it a good few weeks on the same feed
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