Can I get more than 1 egg a day from the same chook?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Bex_01, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. Bex_01

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    I have 4 X 18 weeks old Australorps. At least 1 is laying and I think I know which one. 1 maybe 2 are also close and the 4th chook is miles behind development wise ( not a sibling to the other 3 ). Was surprised to find first egg yesterday and another today. Small but perfect eggs! When I got home today we found two very soft shelled eggs in nesting box. One even broke just by picking it up. I know that this can happen in the beginning but I am wondering if it is possible that this has come from the chicken that has produced the fine eggs the past 2 days which mean she would have laid 3 today or have the other 2 close to laying produced these soft shelled eggs? Thx.
     
  2. RWise

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    Yes a pullet can lay 2 eggs a day sometimes, I have one doing that now. Some days she lays 1, some days she lays 2, and once in a while a double. That is changing,,,
    But it could also be the other girls are firing up.
     
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  3. gator75

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    Yes
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Ditto Dat^^^

    Usually 1 of 2 eggs laid the same day is a softie, sometimes both are.

    Having pullets an onset of lay is the perfect time to check pelvic points:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/who-is-laying-and-who-is-not-butt-check.73309/
     
  5. Bex_01

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    Thanks for the info. I didn't need to feel around for pelvic points as it was quite clear from Butt checks that 2 are laying. No soft eggs today and only 1 regular egg, maybe the softies were from the one that hasn't been laying regularly yet. Hopefully I will get normal eggs from her soon. Thx again.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    What did you check on the butt if it wasn't the pelvic points?
     
  7. Bex_01

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    Vent appearance I should prob say rather than butt check. The difference between laying birds and not laying seems quite clear.
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Ah, yes...I found pelvic points easier to ascertain before vent appearance(that took some experience/practice for me)...and I found feeling for the points easier than parting the feathers to see vent. Both sure work tho.
     
  9. Bex_01

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    Now you have said that I will have another look tomorrow when my daughter can hold them still for me. It seemed quite clear as I was fairly sure who was laying already but will check pelvic points as well. Thanks for your help. I am very new at this and love my girls and boy. I want to know everything I can to keep them healthy and myself informed on how they are doing. I have a feeling those cluckers are quickly becoming my new obsession. Haha.
     
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    Of course the first few times I checked pelvic points I had to expose the vent first to locate the bone on either side. I do it myself, kinda hard but I hold them almost upside down or on my lap with an apron as a sling between my knees. It's hard to part feathers with one hand. It's good to get familiar with what's waht back there, then if there's problem you know what 'normal' looks like. I've always been interested in anatomy, so learning chicken anatomy was a natural.
     
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