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Egg shape and size

Post by Tweetypie » Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:28 pm

Sorry to bother everyone again.

Cindy - for 2 weeks she laid an egg every day, apart from 1 day when she skipped. This week she laid an egg on Monday and Tuesday, she then laid a soft egg on Wednesday, (less than 24 hours of Tuesday's egg), no egg on Thursday and this large egg today.

There are some markings on the egg, that I just wanted to enquire if this is quite normal, along with the mishapen appearance.

It has been very hot this week, particularly on Wednesday and Thursday. They do have a lot of cool shade, which they take advantage of and have access to clean water and food at all times. She's very perky and happy as far as I know.
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Re: Egg shape and size

Post by Icemaiden » Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:08 pm

Hi Tweetypie.
As a hybrid gets older, you can expect their eggs to get larger but less frequent. While some egg deformities can indicate problems such as IB I don't think you need to worry about that in this case. Cindy looks happy & healthy and that's the main thing.

(Sorry- I got distracted for a moment by a cream legbar climbing my leg to try to eat my Pringles!)

You're also likely to find that whatever their age, hens lay less regularly when it's really hot weather. Relax in the garden with a glass of something when you can, letting the girls eat your insect pests under your watchful eye. It's a great excuse for taking a half hour off work!!
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Re: Egg shape and size

Post by Tweetypie » Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:09 pm

I'm relieved to hear that Icemaiden. Being new to chickens, I want to make sure I do the right thing. Look at that whopping egg LOL. 84g

I took that photo when I let her out on the lawn. She decided to go into the borders and rearrange my gladioli's, so back into her own outdoor pen... ;-)
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Re: Egg shape and size

Post by rick » Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:54 pm

Tweetypie wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:09 pm
Look at that whopping egg LOL. 84g
It might be a double yoker - Thursday's and todays rolled into one.
Cindy looks like queen of the lawn :)
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Re: Egg shape and size

Post by Marigold » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:08 pm

What a splendid bird! If Cindy is short for Cinderella, she's having a fairytale ending to her life story!
Egg oddities like in your pics are normal for older hens. They do show the bird's fertility is winding down, but the eggs are OK.
Have a look at this; http://www.aviculture-europe.nl/nummers/07E03A06.pdf
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Re: Egg shape and size

Post by Tweetypie » Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:34 pm

Ahh well I am pleased she is OK. I don't mind if she doesn't lay many eggs, I think both are great little pets to have. They always greet you with their individual clucking noise in a morning and when I close the door at night, they do a quieter, squeaky noise. I love them to bits.
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Re: Egg shape and size

Post by rick » Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:41 pm

Thats the most concise info Ive seen Marigold!
My blacktail Aerial is currently running the gauntlet of peritonitis (yes, with a smidgen of carefully aimed antibiotics that probably will fail to be a cure but ...)
There is a glimmer of hope at the end of the tunnel Tweetypie! If they, as high production hybrids, can get through a first full moult (to surprisingly beautiful effect) then it refreshes not just their feathers but their oviduct too. Its all just part of the joy that is chickens - they don't expect any more than a good forage while it lasts but it can be a bit rough on us keepers.
Meanwhile - all's good!
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Re: Egg shape and size

Post by Marigold » Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:02 am

There's a lot in that article that I wish i didn't know about, but on the other hand, it's good on diagnosis. There's more on abnormal egg laying and reproductive problems on Poultrykeeper, see https://poultrykeeper.com/reproductive-system-problems/ It's worth knowing about such egg laying problems, as early diagnosis will often help if it's going to be serious, and on the other hand, it's comforting to know which minor imperfections are normal and can be lived with.
Have you found a good chicken vet yet, Tweetiepie? Not all vets treat chickens, and few of them are experts. It may be worth ringing round local vets to enquire if they have an avian specialist and then register your girls with the one you choose, so in an emergency you'll know where to take them. I have a chicken vet and a dog vet, and both are good for their separate specialisms. There's a list of recommended vets on Poultrykeeper see https://poultrykeeper.com/poultry-vets/#Herefordshire but it may not be entirely up to date. If anyone notices any outdated entries, or knows of good poultry vets not on the list, please send Tim the details.
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Re: Egg shape and size

Post by Tweetypie » Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:59 pm

Hi Marigold, yes I already found a vet I can use if necessary. He also keeps hens, so it is good to know ;-) http://www.arnoldandcarltonvets.co.uk/C ... y1503.html I also saw the websites on that link a week or so ago.

Been out today and managed to locate the smallholder Allen and Page layers crumble someone recommended.
Just off to catch them, as I let them loose and they are digging near my gladioli's again...all that space and they have to go there, ha ha.
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Re: Egg shape and size

Post by bigyetiman » Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:31 pm

Cindy is a real stunner and very regal looking. We have had eggs like yours from our older girls now and then. We find that we get the odd soft egg when it has been really hot, cools down and it's all back to normal.
I know all that garden and they home in on the one area you don't want them to go. Like the time OH left the pepper plants within beak distance, well they did leave the stalks for us
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