How can you tell which hens are laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MJ12728, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. MJ12728

    MJ12728 In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2016
    Little Orleans, MD
    We didn't get our coop and run completed until early fall last year so looked for full grown chickens. We bought 7 RIR at auction (I know, I'll never do that again), 1 French Maran, and 3 Dark Brahmas (+ a Roo) from other local backyard chicken keepers. I know the Braham's are laying as I get fairly consistent extra large/jumbo size eggs from them 2-3 a day. and at least one of the RIR is laying as I get some lighter color med/large eggs. Usually only one per day at most though. I suspect the RIR's are passed their prime and that's why they were auctioned off, but several are smaller and I assumed were pullets that should have started laying by now. Pretty sure the Maran is past as I've gotten no dark eggs at all (though a couple spotted).

    So I guess my question is how to tell which of the reds is laying. We have 12 new layers started and though I know it will be quite awhile before we see any eggs from them at some point I'm going to want to cull out the freeloaders (except maybe the Maran, she's very pretty).

  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Most RIR lay a darker brown eggs and I thought Brahma lay a light brown medium sized egg, you may have them reversed. The Maran probably won't lay a lot of eggs in a season. Comb color can help tell who's laying as well as checking the vent to see if it's moist and the pelvic points spread out on a laying hen.
  3. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Songster

    Mar 19, 2016
    34.560847, -81.154203
    My Coop
    That's something I would like to know as well, sort of. I'm getting some EE,s and when they start laying it would be nice to know which egg is coming from what hen.

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