I am owned by five hens – three Ameraucanas, one black Australorp, and one Rhode Island Red. The youngest are now about 3 years old, the oldest, one of the Ameraucanas, is about 4. But all still lay at some rate or another.
I noticed, however, that two were laying pretty regularly in December – Auri (blue eggs) and Ginger (brown eggs). But in January two others took up the torch while the others took a break – Mav (brown eggs with deep brown speckles) and Rosie (pinkish brown eggs). In fact, Mav and Rosie are still laying as I write thise.
You will note that the egg on the left is the size of a marble. This is not something Mav had laid before. It was perfectly formed, and had that speckled look just like her regular eggs.
So I cracked it open to see what was inside, and it appeared perfectly normal, with a small, almost forming yolk. The white had a good consistency. It’s hard to see – I cracked it into a white bowl, and a light keeps reflecting on it.
I asked my local chicken expert and he said – it just happens sometimes! Doesn’t indicate anything is wrong.
In fact, the next day she laid an egg that was perfectly normal, so I guess all is well in the coop.
One thing that must be remembered – chicks often take a break over winter or when the weather is wonky like we have had lately here in Dallas. Or when they are molting, or move, or otherwise their world is disrupted. But usually egg laying subsides markedly in the winter. And then … Groundhog Day comes … and the laying starts picking up. It’s really not magic, and don’t go looking for a calendar in the coop, where the hens are keeping track of the days. It all has to do with the length of the day – the number of hours of daylight. As the daylight increases, so does laying.
So… keep those hens happy and enjoy the eggs!