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HELP!! Who's egg this?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dgrasseth, Oct 16, 2015.

  1. dgrasseth

    dgrasseth Out Of The Brooder

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    hello!! I am new to BYC and this is my first thread! [​IMG] I recently sort of inherited the neighbors BO (Evelyn) She has been broody for almost 5-6 weeks! I also bought an "Olive egger" (Ingrid) who is a cross between a FBCM and an ameracauna. She should be starting to lay anyday now. I went into the coop to check to see if she has laid an olive egg yet. And low and behold..... I found a small brown egg??? [​IMG] so my question is do broody hens usually lay smaller eggs after they're done being broody, or is my olive egger going to lay light brown eggs? Or if it is ingrids, do they darken up or change colors later on? Sorry, I'm new to chickens and was very excited about having olive colored eggs. So I'm really hoping its Evelyn's! [​IMG] any help would be appreciated! Thanks
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    That looks like a BO eggs as far as color.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    First egg or 2 after brooding could be smaller.
    I hope it's Evelyns too!...is she over being broody, did she hatch chicks?

    How old is Ingrid?

    Signs of onset of lay---I've found the pelvic points to be the most accurate.
    Squatting:
    If you touch their back they will hunker down on the ground, then shake their tail feathers when they get back up.
    This shows they are sexually mature and egg laying is close at hand.

    Combs and Wattles:
    Plump, shiny red - usually means laying.
    Shriveled, dryish looking and pale - usually means not laying.
    Tho I have found that the combs and wattles can look full and red one minute then pale back out the next due to exertion or excitement, can drive ya nuts when waiting for a pullet to lay!

    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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  4. dgrasseth

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    No Evelyn did not hatch any eggs. The neighbors moved far away and she kind of got left behind. [​IMG] so I couldn't just leave her over there by herself poor thing. The day I caught her and brought her to my house she went broody. It was at least 5 or 6 weeks. She would never leave the coop! I would physically have to carry her out side. She would eat for about 10 minutes and then go back to the coop. Now, she is the first one out of the coop and stays out all day eating and running around. So I know she's done being broody.

    Ingrid is about 20 weeks old. She has started doing the squatting for a week now! And her comb and wattles are both bright red now. I've caught her in the coop rearranging and laying in the boxes to see where she is comfortable. So she has to be super close to laying! I'm just hoping its Evelyn's egg I found! And I will go in and find a green egg soon!
     
  5. robgray

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    That looks just like my BO eggs!
     
  6. dgrasseth

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    Awesome! Thank you so much!! I'm really hoping they are my BOs. I got another one yesterday that is a bit bigger and a bit darker. [​IMG]
    Still look like BOs?
     
  7. annabobbob717

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    My one year old hens egg size changes all the time! One day it's large and the next it's small. Try to catch the baby in the act of laying!
     
  8. dgrasseth

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    Oh awesome! That's great to know. Thank you! Do they normally slightly change colors as well?
     
  9. robgray

    robgray Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Absolutely they are Orpington eggs :)))))
     
  10. dgrasseth

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    Yeah!! That makes me so happy!! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] thank you so much!!! Well hopefully all have some olive ones soon then! [​IMG][​IMG]
     

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