What Are Pullet Eggs?

It’s always an exciting moment when your chicken lays her first egg.  Unless you are warned beforehand, you probably had no idea that they would lay such a small egg.  These first eggs that your hen are laying are called pullet eggs. A pullet is a hen who is under one year of age.  Generally pullets will lay their first egg between week 18 and 24, however, depending on the time of year you receive your chicks, this may take a little bit longer.  A pullet will lay this smaller sized egg for about 4 weeks before they start to get bigger.

Fun Fact: Did you know that smaller eggs are generally shipped out to egg factories that make pasteurized liquid eggs or dried powdered ones? We generally only see jumbo, extra large, large and at times medium eggs in store.  pullet egg 2 (1)

Have you noticed that the yolks are bigger in your pullet eggs or they are almost all yolk? Since pullet eggs have a higher yolk to egg white ratio they are valued for their bold flavor and velvety texture, also making them an excellent choice for baking. I have personally had a few pullet eggs that were double yolkers! Double yolkers are generally found in laying pullets that are between 20-28 weeks old.  The probability of getting a double yolker in a pullet egg is 1 in a 100! As the pullet matures into a hen you will generally only get one yolk per egg, since poultry genetics says there should only be one yolk per egg.

Egg Chart Comparison: Standard Egg Sizes (Weight Per Dozen)

  • Jumbo: 30 ounces
  • Extra Large: 27 ounces
  • Large: 24 ounces
  • Medium: 21 ounces
  • Small: 18 ounces
  • Peewee: 15 ounces

My favorite thing to make with my pullet eggs are hard boiled eggs. Like bantam eggs, they make a perfect one bite snack. We would love to hear below in our comments your favorite way to use your pullet eggs!

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  • I like to use them in omelettes. And in baking. The pullet eggs makes a great cheese omelette. They also make a richer home made cake, we call a one egg cake but with pullet eggs we use 2 or 3 for a great cake.

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  • We have a bunch of young hens that have just started laying. Will these eggs hatch in an incubator? If they will, will the chicks be okay?

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    • Hi David. Thanks for reading our blog. We don’t recommend trying to hatch pullet eggs for a few reasons: they are less likely to be fertile because the young pullet’s reproductive system is still maturing, and also the smaller egg size makes it harder for a chick to hatch successfully even if it was fertile and developed in an incubator.

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  • I use my pullet eggs to make hard boiled then add them to my pickled beets. My granddaughters favorite is to hard boil again then add to peppercini peppers with juice and let them rest in a container for a few days to take on the flavor. Last on my list would be egg salad.

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