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How do I tell who is laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hoog, May 17, 2010.

  1. hoog

    hoog Songster

    I have eight hens four Artsrolops and four Buff Orpingtons. I am getting an average of about 4 eggs a day but I would like to know if any of the hens aren’t laying or aren't laying much. I was thinking of locking each one by herself in a rabbit cage that is 2'x4'x2' for a week and see what she lays. But then I have to worry about reintegration of the hen, don’t I?

    How do I tell which chickens are laying eggs and how many eggs?
  2. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    I have heard of people using food dye or different coloured lipstick to find out who is lying..The dye or lippy is put around the vent- and when you collect eggs...you compare the colour transferred to the egg while being laid to the choock wearing the same colour...
  3. CityGirlgoneCountryChick

    CityGirlgoneCountryChick In the Brooder

    May 14, 2010
    I have the same problem. I don't know which ones are laying and when.
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging 9 Years

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    These sites might help you determine which are laying.

    Pigment Color – Signs of Laying

    Evaluating Egg Production

    I don't find it quite as easy as these sites indicate, but they definitely do help. And just because a hen sits on a nest for a while does not mean she is actually laying. It is a great sign, but I've had several sit in a nest for a while, come off, and no egg.
  5. schellie69

    schellie69 Songster

    Oct 8, 2009
    I go out and see who is on the nest and then keep checking and have caught almost all my birds laying so I know which girls lay what egg. it took a long time to catch them all laying because they lay at different times each day but so far I have my big girls figured out but my bantams lay the exact same looking egg I just know who laid because I caught them on the nest and know when they lay. I am a crazy chicken lady because I have went and sat in the coop and watched my girls lay their eggs they don't seem to mind and seem to enjoy when I pet them when they are on the nest. if you can't check on them through out the day then I guess the lipstick and kool ade idea would work not sure never tried it. good luck.

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