Our hens are just ordinary free range hens. I was amazed a the size of the egg that Dorothy laid. I placed them in egg cups to show the size. It was a triple yolk.
At approximately 20 weeks, a pullet theoretically becomes a layer hen (subject to the correct body weight). The layer hen produces eggs almost every day, after which production tends to taper off at about 30 weeks. Free range layers will produce eggs for about 9 months of the year, but during winter’s shorter days, egg production can drop off to about 30%. On average each bird will produce around 240 eggs per year. However climate, thunderstorms, aeroplanes and other loud noises can also affect egg production.
The middle of the egg is made first, while the outer shell is made last. The yolk is formed in the hen’s ovary, and when it becomes large enough, it moves into the oviduct. As the yolk travels along the oviduct the egg white (or albumen) surrounds the yolk, after which the hard shell is formed. After 24 hours in the oviduct, the egg is ready to be laid. Eggs are laid blunt end first through an opening called the cloaca.
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