Could someone help me figure out what breed of chicken these eggs came from?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Quickster, Aug 26, 2014.

  1. Quickster

    Quickster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yesterday I got my first egg. Today I got two eggs. I have no idea who is laying. I have three that squat. One that won't let me near her so who knows if she squats. She has gone red lately so its possible she is laying but not the most likely.

    #1 my Amber white/star Pineapple. She is the biggest has the widest bone spread, nice red comb and squats.
    #2 a NHR named Red (go figure) who was the first to grow her really big red comb and she squats.
    #3 an ISA brown named Anne who is younger than the others and developed her red comb a little later but was the first to squat.
    #4 a Mean Barred Rock, Elsie who was the last of the bunch to get her red comb and I don't know if she squats.

    I know these all lay brown eggs but I was hoping some more experienced chicken people might be able to guess who is laying based on the different shades of brown. I can't figure it out by looking up pictures online.

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  2. jerryse

    jerryse Overrun With Chickens

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    Check the vent not the pelvic bones . 2 out of your 3 are laying . I would say the barred rock has not started yet . If so her vent will be small as no egg has passed through yet . The shade of brown will vary within the same breed . So no help there . If you really must Know pen each one up separately until it lays or put different food coloring on each ones vent . That should leave faint streaks of food coloring on the egg .
     
  3. Quickster

    Quickster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't want to know bad enough to pen them up. The food coloring I could do. Any suggestions on how to do this? Just a little dab on the outside of vent? My husband is going to think i'm absolutely nuts. I may need to google pictures of vents before and after they have laid an egg. Does squeezing one egg out really make a noticeable difference?
     
  4. jerryse

    jerryse Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes one egg makes a difference . Just check all 3 . You will notice the difference . After dark with a flashlight works easy . The food coloring , I spread the vent a little . That seems to get it everywhere when released .
     
  5. Quickster

    Quickster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for your help. I'm already giggling picturing myself out there tomorrow, squirting food coloring up my chicken's butts. Obviously I don't mind being a little crazy.
     
  6. Quickster

    Quickster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I checked vents today. IT looks like 3 have laid. So now I'm confused. I know I haven't missed any eggs. The run isn't that big and neither is the coop. I've looked thoroughly. Day 1 I had 1 Egg. it had a lot of bloom on it making it looked speckled. Day two I had an egg in the morning , laid in the same spot as the day one egg. This one was very similar in size not as much bloom so no speckles. It also had what looked like a crack on the top but it was just a line of extra calcification. I assumed that it came from the same chicken . Later that day I got another egg that looks very different from the first two. Day 3 I got one egg, looks just like the one yesterday right down to the extra calcification line.

    So now i'm thinking the day 1 egg must have been from one chicken and that chicken hasn't layed again since. day two and three another hen layed, as well as another on day two.

    I think maybe I traumatized my chickens this morning so only one layed.
     
  7. jerryse

    jerryse Overrun With Chickens

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    Evidently 2 are very similar . So all 3 are laying . Good luck finding who lays which egg .
     

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