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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

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    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

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

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging 9 Years

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    These sites might help you determine which are laying.

    Pigment Color – Signs of Laying
    http://msucares.com/poultry/management/culling.html#id

    Evaluating Egg Production
    http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/livestocksystems/DI1182.html

    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
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    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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