Our 4 RSLs have been laying an egg each everyday without fail since September. For the last 2 weeks we have been only getting 3 eggs. I can't tell who isn't laying. They all seem well. Is there a "magic" way of finding out? Thanks. Emma.
I'm home a lot so can randomly check the nest to see who's on in and also check after hearing the egg song. With attention to detail you'll soon know which egg came from which bird. Size, shape, speckling and color all indicate which chicken laid it. Those characteristics hold true for each bird excepting size, increase after each molt, and color if blue or dark egg layer (color fades over each year laying then returns vibrant after molt). Regardless, you get to know who's egg is who's and only need to stalk them once as the character of egg for each bird holds. Any given day I can tell how laid what by looking at eggs in a small flock. Over 8 birds and same breed I give up trying.
Heard of people using lipstick on vents. Assume it's a color the owner doesn't use anymore.
Comb color can be a clear indicator....but not always, one of my best layers' comb is not vibrant.
You know, it could also be that all the birds are not laying every singe day....rather than just one not laying at all.
With high production birds like RSL that may be improbable, but it's not impossible.