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Are first eggs ok to eat? And how to tell who lays?

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Just got a first egg yesterday--nice, small, green tinged little thing.  Are first eggs safe to egg? Any difference from later eggs?

And since we have 5 chickens out there, any tips on identifying chickens with their eggs?  We have 2 aracuna, 2 wyandottes, speckled sussex.

Thanks!

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First eggs are the most delicious!  Mostly because you've waited so long to get them. big_smile  The only difference between this egg and others to come will be size.  They'll be bigger.

I'd say one of your Araucaunas gave you the egg based on its color.  You should be able to tell based on the comb.  A laying pullet will have a bright red comb, especially around the time she lays.

Congrats!

ETA:  You may have EEs if your Araucauna laid a green egg.  I believe a true Araucauna will lay a blue egg, but don't hold me to it.  I'm sure someone can confirm for sure.


Edited by crawfordmama - 7/6/11 at 8:03am

Hi!  I'm Stephanie and I'm addicted chickens.  


We have one big happy family: Hubby and me, 2 teenage boys, a Great Dane, a pitbull, a Saint Bernard, 2 cats, 3 BSL, 9 EE, 2 RIR, 2 SLW, 3 WR, 3 RSL, a BL, a JG, 5 BR, a mystery chick, a frilled dragon, 2 crested geckos, and a very special special-needs RIR named Ruby.

 

 

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Hi!  I'm Stephanie and I'm addicted chickens.  


We have one big happy family: Hubby and me, 2 teenage boys, a Great Dane, a pitbull, a Saint Bernard, 2 cats, 3 BSL, 9 EE, 2 RIR, 2 SLW, 3 WR, 3 RSL, a BL, a JG, 5 BR, a mystery chick, a frilled dragon, 2 crested geckos, and a very special special-needs RIR named Ruby.

 

 

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I've gradually learned which hen lays which egg by hanging around and happening to be there when it's laid.  If I were curious I'd try dabbing different food colorings on vents and hope a smear would be on the egg.  But most of mine are different breeds or mixes except two BA's, so egg color tells me a lot.

Just wait til you reach under a hen to check for eggs and have one laid into your hand.... awesome.

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

9 hatchery and mutt hens

BYC Troubleshooting article -- click here

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Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

9 hatchery and mutt hens

BYC Troubleshooting article -- click here

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post #4 of 4

First eggs are fine to eat.

You can tell who laid it by finding the one who looks smug and is walking funny.

Laree 
Giving you the stink-eye.  Yeah, you.   

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Laree 
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