Can You Tell From You Eggs Which Chicken Laid Them?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ira B, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. Ira B

    Ira B Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 18, 2011
    Ok, I'm obviously a chicken raising newbe, but I was wondering if any of you can tell from the egg laid which of your chickens did the deed.

    We have three Rhode Island Reds (delightful birds) and one seems to lay med sized eggs and another larger ones. They seem to be shaped differently too.
    Is this a reliable way to tell who is laying what of do chickens egg characteristics change a lot from egg to egg?

    If you wish to have a good laugh at my question, go ahead, I can take it. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2011
  2. justtoni44

    justtoni44 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2010
    I think it is a great question.....and Yes, I can tell
    and I have about 40 layers...........With some I can only tell the breed
    but with most I know who layed what..........
    It is fun, then I know who to say thank You to that day................[​IMG]
  3. TheSpiceGirls

    TheSpiceGirls Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 6, 2010
    Bay Area, CA
    I can tell. But then I have three separate breeds.

    My JG lays a brown egg with dark brown spots. She puts a heavy coat of bloom on her eggs so the spots are tough to see until you run it under water. Each one is unique and I just love them.
  4. maizey

    maizey Chillin' With My Peeps

    I can tell...pokeys eggs are rounder, omlettes eggs are pointier and dotties eggs are juuust right. All barred rocks.
  5. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2011
    If you are an observant person who cares just a little toooooooo much about eggs, then yes [​IMG]

    All of my girls who are laying right now are Gold Comets from the same hatchery. I can tell who laid what very easily

    Darla's eggs are kind of a rosie brown
    Drusilla's eggs are a gorgeous dark terracotta (I think she dyes her feathers to hide that she's a Maran)
    Carmelita's eggs are a light tan
    Ophelia's eggs are light tan with speckles

    and I'm still waiting on my crummy primadonna EE to 'grace' us with her royal highness' eggs. [​IMG]
  6. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 28, 2011
    Panama City, FL
    Usually by color, white spots, brown spots and texture. They each seem to have their own particular look.
  7. Ira B

    Ira B Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 18, 2011
    Thanks for the replies. [​IMG]

    I thought I could see a difference but was worried I was reading too much into my observations.
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I can tell pretty much by the size, shape and color. Some eggs are lighter and some darker.
  9. fargosmom

    fargosmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Pasadena, CA
    I worried that all my new girls might figure out a way to start laying on the same day, so I wouldn't have a clue [​IMG] but fortunately they did NOT coordinate their efforts so it was pretty easy to figure out who was clocking in as they came on line. They're working on getting regular now and it's fun keeping track of who does what each day - and yes, I also make sure of who to thank when I collect eggs! It's also fun, when I give away any, to point to each egg and name the girl responsible. My sisters got a kick out of the "personal touch".
  10. Rohnasmom

    Rohnasmom Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 4, 2010
    Bradford County .Pa.
    I agree it is so interesting to see the differences in each egg from each of the girls. The best for me is opening a dozen of my eggs and telling guests who laid what, and them all looking a tad different. Not like store bought eggs. [​IMG]

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