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The egg on the left was laid 2 days ago and the egg on the far right laid today. The egg in the middle is a store bought egg. I have 3 pullets and I know 1 is laying. She's a New Hampshire. I thought my Black Star was laying because she exhibits all the signs but haven't seen anything from her....

Anyhow do those small eggs look like they're from the same chicken or different ones? The middle one definitely is a different one---- store bought egg.

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In my realatively limited experience, I'd say 2 different hens. Not only are the colors different but the shapes seems different as well.
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I think you have two different hens laying.  If the one on the right is a café au late color, it's most likely from your BSL hen.  My RIR and NHR lay dark brown eggs like the one on the left.  Both of the breeds you mentioned can be early layers as well.

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The egg on the left was laid 2 days ago and the egg on the far right laid today. The egg in the middle is a store bought egg. I have 3 pullets and I know 1 is laying. She's a New Hampshire. I thought my Black Star was laying because she exhibits all the signs but haven't seen anything from her....

Anyhow do those small eggs look like they're from the same chicken or different ones? The middle one definitely is a different one---- store bought egg.

Thanks!

Two different chickens laid those eggs. The color of a hen's eggs doesn't change, which is useful, because if all your hens lay eggs of very different shades of brown, you can keep track of who's laying alot and who's slacking. :D 

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I'd say 2 different birds too......shape and color is a bit different.

Color can change a bit from day to day or on occasion, but shape usually stays the same.

 

Here's a few tips to determine who is laying ans who is not:

Signs of onset of lay---I've found the pelvic points to be the most accurate.

Squatting:

If you touch their back they will hunker down on the ground, then shake their tail feathers when they get back up.

This shows they are sexually mature and egg laying is close at hand.

 

Combs and Wattles:

Plump, shiny red - usually means laying.

Shriveled, dryish looking and pale - usually means not laying.

Tho I have found that the combs and wattles can look full and red one minute then pale back out the next due to exertion or excitement, can drive ya nuts when waiting for a pullet to lay!

 

2 bony points(pelvic bones) on either side of vent:

Less than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means not laying.

More than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means laying.

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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