How do you tell who layed which egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lizzy28, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. Lizzy28

    Lizzy28 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 5, 2011
    I have 2 Buff orphingtons, and 1 Silver laced wyandotte. Also my RIR has been going into the nesting box a lot lately and she never seems to lay a egg while shes in there. I tried comparing the eggs that i collect and seeing if i could tell but its hard because their all about the same color. Is there another way to tell?
  2. beach livin'

    beach livin' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2011
    i cant tell mine apart either [​IMG]
  3. lambchicks

    lambchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2009
    North Carolina
    Have you compared shapes? Like I have two white leghorns. One lays an egg shaped egg. The other lays a round shaped egg. I never noticed this till a friend pointed it out.
  4. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    You catch them in the act [​IMG]
  5. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    This sounds hilarious, but I heard somebody mention that if you paint their vents with some of those washeable finger paints that you use for little kids, then the egg will get some of that paint on it and you'll know who's egg is who's! It's kind of silly....
  6. Lindz

    Lindz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2011
    Eastern Iowa
    You have to catch them laying. Im not sure if all my EE's are laying yet. Its been so cool out that I don't go out to much, just 2 times a day. Durring the summer I will hang out back there.
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Yep, you have to catch them laying - then compare subtle differences. My light brahma always lays her egg with a pointy tip, My EE has a swirl at the small end of the egg. (and it's green) It can be tricky when you have more than one of a breed - there are a few of my girls I cannot tell the difference from - like my 2 English Orps.
  8. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

    May 11, 2011
    West Virginia
    My Coop
    For the first week that we were getting eggs, we couldn't tell which of our five were doing it either! We were pretty sure it was one of two girls only because those two had been quite a bit ahead of the rest when it came to development, but couldn't narrow it any further....until we had them out free ranging one afternoon and our BA went jogging back to the run, into the coop, and plopped in a nest box. Ten minutes later she ran back out and joined the rest of the flock and left a pretty brown egg behind. [​IMG]

    Last night we came home and found TWO eggs in the nest boxes. So now we have to stalk them all over again and figure out who Mystery Layer #2 is (I'm betting on our BR). [​IMG]
  9. Lizzy28

    Lizzy28 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 5, 2011
    Oh thank you. [​IMG] I'll keep watching to see if she does.

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