How can I tell which hens are laying every day?

Dr.Doorlock

Songster
11 Years
Oct 21, 2008
408
4
131
Garland, Texas
I have 7 hens and egg production varies between 3 and 7 eggs per day. I would like to get two new hens, probably EEs and I want to keep the number of layers at 8 that are the best layers. So, I want to cull the hen who produces least.

I thought of using my isolation cage, but I am concerned the hen might not lay just because of the trama of being in the cage and away from her sisters.

Any ideas?
 

Hangin Wit My Peeps

AutumnBreezeChickens.com
11 Years
Apr 20, 2008
6,396
32
263
Birnamwood, Wisconsin
Yes food color on the vent does work
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tried it! YOu have to replace it every two weeks or so if you want to continue with it
 

Elite Silkies

Crowing
10 Years
Jun 17, 2009
5,410
54
251
Oklahoma
My Coop
My Coop
Quote:
I'm so glad you tried it
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I was thinking about it, then didn't do it, wasn't sure if it would hurt them or not or maybe cause some type of infection.
 

Lollipop

Songster
10 Years
Feb 12, 2009
3,107
80
244
Pike Co., GA & Palm Beach Co., FL
To determine if a hen is laying, feel the bones under the vent. If you can place 3 fingertips BETWEEN the bones the hen is laying. Only one fingertip and she isn`t.Make alowances for pullets and bantams..........Pop
 

jerseygirl1

Crowing
Jun 20, 2009
4,501
35
296
Orange County, NY
Yaya's Hen House :

Just how do you get it into the vent? details please, we have 8 hens and get 6 or 7 eggs a day.

Yes!! Thanks, what are the directions? I have 16layers and can't figure out one frm the other, except the silkie!!​
 

FrenchToast

"Draft Apple Ridge" a Bit from Heaven
11 Years
Jan 10, 2010
4,420
49
296
UP North WI
How old are these birds?
You could end up culling a perfectly nice hen if she is just young or your conditions aren't just right.
Dr.Doorlock :

I have 7 hens and egg production varies between 3 and 7 eggs per day. I would like to get two new hens, probably EEs and I want to keep the number of layers at 8 that are the best layers. So, I want to cull the hen who produces least.

I thought of using my isolation cage, but I am concerned the hen might not lay just because of the trama of being in the cage and away from her sisters.

Any ideas?​
 

Marty Tom Ski

In the Brooder
11 Years
Nov 27, 2008
52
2
39
Lipstick on the vent
use a different color on each girl and you will know who lays whick egg

PS don' put Lipstick back in wifes purse
 

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