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How to tell if a hen is laying eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Randy17, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. Randy17

    Randy17 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 20 hens and I am only getting about 7 eggs a day. They range from 1-4 yes old. Is there anyway to figure out what ones are laying eggs? I need to thin out the flock before winter.

    T-R
     
  2. ChickenKing319

    ChickenKing319 Out Of The Brooder

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    Check the hens combs and if they are a dark red then they are laying. But if they are a light pail red then they are not. plus if you have the room you could isolate the hens to their self and see which is laying and which is not. good luck!
     
  3. buckaroogirl

    buckaroogirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I've heard of people putting food colouring on their vents? That way some of the colour comes off onto the egg
     
  4. abbymckinn

    abbymckinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If a hen has a pale comb, is he done laying forever? Cause I have a speckled Sussex who isn't even a year old with a pale comb, and she isn't laying!
     
  5. cackleberrycam

    cackleberrycam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would also check thier pelvis bones. Feel on thier rear ends, and if you can feel three prominent bones close toghether, they are not laying yet. If those bones have separated, then they will lay soon.
    Good luck![​IMG]
     
  6. cackleberrycam

    cackleberrycam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, she is not done forever I don't think. She probably has not started laying. She might be just taking time to build up body reseves before she starts laying.[​IMG]
     
  7. abbymckinn

    abbymckinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, we are not absolutely positive she has started laying, but I really think she has? I will go and feel her pelvic bones, but what about the others? Only 2 are laying, and we have 6.
     
  8. cackleberrycam

    cackleberrycam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They could be hiding thier eggs from you!
    Do they do thier egg song?
     
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2013
  9. trinar

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    If hens quit laying for a time, as when moulting, do their combs lighten in color?
    TR in AR
     
  10. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    Any time a hen is under stress her face will loose its rosy color and her comb will atropine to some degree. There is little that stresses a hen more than going through the annual molt.

    A hens' face and her comb is a window into her health and thus into her reproductive status.
     
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