how can i tell which hen is laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mfranti, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. mfranti

    mfranti Out Of The Brooder

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    i have two hens of egg laying age.

    is there a way to tell who dropping presents on the ground?
     
  2. ChickyPooh

    ChickyPooh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Stand guard..............
     
  3. newnanchic

    newnanchic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Catch them in the act is about the only way I know !!!
     
  4. mfranti

    mfranti Out Of The Brooder

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    i don't think catching her dropping an egg is feasable.

    i was hoping there were biological clues indication a layer.

    moist vent? i think i heard that somewhere.
     
  5. EngieKisses

    EngieKisses Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are your hens the same breed?
     
  6. mfranti

    mfranti Out Of The Brooder

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    ...no.

    one is RIR the other is a BR.

    the younger ones are Leghorns.
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    It might take awhile, but the hens will start to get bare around the vent area.
     
  8. EngieKisses

    EngieKisses Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Was hoping egg color might help some...
     
  9. tressiah

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    My girls were in a funk for about 3-4 weeks,( molt , I think ) then I started getting 1 egg a day. Mind you before, I was getting 6-9 daily. I cleaned the house, new shavings on the floor, new pellets in the boxes, cleaned for the better part of a Saturday. I got rid of 6 older hens I think were diseased or whatever, runny poo, picking feathers, etc, so now we wait to see what happens. The backside does get bare after a while, when the girls are laying well. Right now, everyone is fully feathered, so I'm hoping to get some action soon.
     

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