Laying small eggs
QMy three Rhode Island Reds have just started laying — one started at the end of November and the other two this past week. However, they are all laying small eggs. Is this normal? Will it change?
AJulie Moore says: Generally, POL hens will lay smallish eggs to start with — it’ll take several months for the eggs to reach ‘full’ size. If the hens come into lay later, for example at 25 weeks, the eggs tend to be larger from the outset.
Eggs from individual hens of the same breed can vary considerably in size and this is simply down to the genetics of the individual hens. Whilst RIR tend to lay large eggs, some RIR hens never lay more than a medium egg their whole lives.
Older hens tend to lay larger eggs, but less of them, than their younger counterparts.
Egg size may also vary according to the hen’s laying season, often starting with smaller eggs which become larger as the season progresses.