Hi all -
I'm a first time flock keeper with a mixed flock of 12. Got them as day old chicks at the end of April, which makes them all approx. 23 weeks. One of my Buff Orps started laying about 10 days ago - one egg a day until today (guess she needed a break!). One of my EE's followed - about six days now, very pretty green eggs. She was laying in the very back corner of the coop run, on the floor behind the roosts and under the nesting boxes, but we were able to fish them out.
Today I found a green egg in one of the nesting boxes and just assumed the EE had figured it out - yay! And then tonight, I realized that the new egg is actually a different shade of green and a bigger, different shape than the others. Here's a pic - yesterday's egg (more on the olive green spectrum) is on top, today's egg (true pale green) is on the bottom, Buff Orp's on the right.
I was going to post anyway about my second EE, because she has developed no comb to speak of, has no wattles, and isn't displaying any of the squatting/wing spreading behavior the others do when I approach them. She is definitely the boss of the flock - keeps everyone in line, first to the food, chases the Buff Brahmas and Speckled Sussex away (really can't seem to stand them) when I bring treats out, etc. Here is a bad phone photo - she's docile enough when I am able to pick her up, but she's not terribly social and getting her to stand still long enough for me to grab her isn't easy.
So what do you think? Could she be laying even without a fully developed comb/wattles? Could the new egg be hers? Does that egg look like it came from a different hen?
Thanks in advance for your help!