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

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cfg, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. cfg

    cfg New Egg

    Apr 13, 2011
    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.

  2. crawfordmama

    crawfordmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2010
    The Lakes Region, NH
    First eggs are the most delicious! Mostly because you've waited so long to get them. [​IMG] 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.


    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.
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2011
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    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.
  4. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009
    First eggs are fine to eat.

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

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