few pullets are laying but dont know which one is it

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chick_magnet, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. chick_magnet

    chick_magnet Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2010
    I have 7 pullets black sex link. well their parent were black sex link. anyway i free ranger my bird so i don't know which girl is laying [​IMG]. I have coop that the roost at night but i never close the door. My dog chase everything away the venture their near the farm. I find two eggs everyday. Is there a way of know which one laid the eggs?
    Also i heard that if hens lay eggs this late in the year they will probably lay through winter is that true?
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    It is hard to tell by looking. There are some signs such as a red comb, but I don't find that real reliable. I also don't totally trust finding one on the nest and assuming she is the one that actually laid the egg. It is a pretty good indication but I've had several that will stay on the nest for a while and no new egg shows up.

    I have not done it, but I have read about putting food coloring inside the vent early in the morning. You have to do it every morning, but there will be colored streaks on the egg.

    If my pullets start laying before winter sets in, they usually lay all winter and keep laying until the next fall when they molt. If they don't start laying before the days get real short, they might not start until next spring, but mine that do lay seem to lay real well, even in the winter.

    Good luck!

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