Found this today - which chick

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by eggmandoo, Nov 27, 2016.

  1. eggmandoo

    eggmandoo Out Of The Brooder

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    I found this little egg in the middle of the pen today in the ground. There is a coop with nesting boxes but this hasn't been used. I have a black rock and bluebell at Pol, and a Orpington and white leghorn at 17 weeks. Any ideas ?
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    The small egg at the bottom of the pic
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Wow that's a dark one...so probably not an orp or leghorn....not sure what the others lay.

    You could always examine vent's and pelvic points.
    Vent Appearance:
    Dry, tight, and smaller - usually not laying.
    Moist, wide, and larger - usually laying.

    Pelvic Points 2 bony points(pelvic bones) on either side of vent:
    Less than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means not laying.
    More than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means laying.
     
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    Hmmmm interesting. I have found another egg Just now so that is 4 today including the dark tiny one. Maybe it's time for layers pellets now the youngest are laying.
    I was told I bought a black rock, speckledy, and a blue bell.
    Here they are
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I read that the bluebell is a cross between Rhode Island Red and a Marans
    http://www.pets4homes.co.uk/pet-advice/chicken-breeds-and-their-egg-colours.html
    ....so the marans is where the dark coating comes from I'll bet.

    ETA: that dark bird in center sure looks marans-ish
     
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    Good sleuthing, Aart!
     
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    The Speckledy and the Bluebell are Marans crosses, so they both might lay dark eggs.
     
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    Huh...same cross too....but different names?
     
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    Speckledy is usually a Rhode Island Red hen crossed with a Cuckoo Marans rooster. The Bluebell is a Rhode Island Red and Blue Copper Marans cross.
     

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