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How do I tell if they are laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kargo, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. kargo

    kargo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there a way to tell if my hens are laying yet? I only have one that is obviously laying, but I have four of the same age. They all freerange, however. It's possible that they're laying somewhere and we haven't foudn the eggs. So is there a way for me to know whether or not they are laying?
     
  2. CHIC

    CHIC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try keeping them cooped up for a day and see how many you get, also I have read that free range birds sometime don't lay as many eggs. And it is very possible that they are "hiding" them somewhere, especially if you have and broodies.
     
  3. SurprisingWoman

    SurprisingWoman Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Take some food coloring out and paint the vents different colors of the pullets that you think might be laying. (4 colors... 4 birds)

    Next day check for streaks on the egss and then you'll know which ones are laying.
     
  5. CHIC

    CHIC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    THAT IS HILARIOUS! I have never heard of anything like that before!
     

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