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Chickens laying baby eggs!!!
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Jan/Tx    Posted 04-19-2003 at 22:12:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Okay, I know ya'll are probably tired of seeing my silly chickens questions, but... ya'll do give good answer's and I'm still in a learning phase... This last week I've gotten 3 "baby" eggs.. My girls normally lay 8-9 eggs per day, but this week I've only gotten 7 eggs per day max and a total of 3 "baby" eggs this week. I was told that when a hen starts/stops laying they will lay "baby" eggs. Is this true??? 5 Hens have been laying since latter part of December and the other 5 started laying end of March. Seems like its to early for them to "stop laying... Let me know if anyone knows whats going on. Jan


an picture Nan(TX)    Posted 04-20-2003 at 14:35:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Hi all
Here is an picture of a very small egg that was laid this week by one of my hens. I have thrown in some other eggs in for contrast. From large to small Leghorn, Marans, bantam, and ?



BOSS    Posted 04-20-2003 at 06:32:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I didn't know there was "grown up eggs"????????


Cindi    Posted 04-20-2003 at 06:49:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Anything form grade A small to jumbo. Baby eggs are about the size of a robin's egg. Usually when I find them they are laying out in the middle of the hen yard. Kinda of like they just 'dropped' out unexpectedly catching the hen by surprise. But I also find them in the hen box. Did you know that a hen has as many as fifteen eggs inside her at all times in varying stages of development. I found that out the hard way once. Made me feel stupid for butchering a laying hen. Oh well, the chicken and dumplings tasted good anyway.


BadMoon    Posted 04-20-2003 at 06:15:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Jan, Is one hen laying the baby eggs? If so, it could be a genetic thing. The hen's egg producer could be missing parts! Just a thought.. As for soft shelled eggs, they're kinda like turtle or lizard eggs/not hardened.. my 2cents..........


Donna from Mo    Posted 04-20-2003 at 05:03:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I know exactly what you are talking about. When we first moved to the boonies in 1968, we bought some banties in November or so. Because of the time of year, they weren't laying. I was so anxious to get my first egg, but of course that didn't happen till February or March. My mother told me what was going on, so I just watched the nests and waited. One day there was a tiny egg the size of a bird-egg in a nest! I accused my husband of playing a trick on me with a bird egg he had found somewhere, but he swore he didn't do it. I think it happens when the hens are first starting to lay, as someone else said. I've since had it happen a few times again, but not often. Just a freak thing in the laying mechanism, I guess, like double-yokers and soft-shelled eggs. It does surprise me that you've gotten three in a week, though.


Sid    Posted 04-19-2003 at 23:02:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
What Ron said I have never heard of or seen baby eggs. Are they soft shelled? If they are I believe that is a sign they need calicium wich can be remedied by feeding oyster shells. Is it possible they have some bantamn mix in their parentage?


Jan/Tx    Posted 04-19-2003 at 23:13:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
No they are not soft shell, I don't think anyway... 5 are suppose to be Dominiques & 5 are Rhode Island Reds... to my knowledge,I bought them at the local feed store, they are suppose to be full breed. How do I tell if they are soft shell????


Cathy in Oregon    Posted 04-19-2003 at 23:33:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Are these small eggs possibly from hens that have just begun to lay? When they first start the eggs are small. That is the only thing I can think of.

Also, how to tell if the eggs is soft shell: Break it open. See how thick it is. It should be pretty thick. And definately (I cannot stress this enough ;o) ) definately should be thicker than commercial eggs that one buys in a store. Home grown egg shells should be pretty thick. If not then you need to get your girls some calcium. You can do this a number of ways. You can give the girls some oyster shells that you get at the feed store, you can feed them back their egg shells (it's ok to do so, I promise.. I dry them out in a pan on the wood stove and then crush em up. You can also do this at low heat in the oven) And you can give your girls milk. Obviously if you don't have a source for cheap milk (like having a milk cow or goat) that would not be a cheap alternitave. I give the hen about a 1/8 cup of milk every once in a while.
Hope that this helps.


Sid    Posted 04-19-2003 at 23:30:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
You will know it if you pick one up. It is like a membrane it does not harden.


Ron,Ar    Posted 04-19-2003 at 22:54:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
What you are describing is impossible, we all know "everythings bigger in Texas". I couldn't resist that, being Texas born and all. Seriously tho I don't have an answer. We have had chickens several times but sems too early for them to stop laying. I don't remember any baby eggs. They just slowed down till they stopped.


Jan/Tx    Posted 04-19-2003 at 23:07:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
OOOPS!!!! I kinda had a "Senior Moment" everything is "bigger in Texas" (heehee)..I really don't know what to think about the "baby" eggs, maybe someone out there has an answer...


Cindi    Posted 04-20-2003 at 06:18:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What Cathy said. Yes. they will start out with tiny eggs at fist. I was so thrilled by the time I got one of those I wanted to save it forever. Then I started cooking them per normal. Cute little things. Wasting your time making toast to go with them. Not much of a dunk in that itty bitty yolk.


MPK    Posted 04-20-2003 at 11:43:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
The young chickens always layed small eggs at first. The young chickens were called pullets and we called the small eggs "pullet" eggs.


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