how to tell which hens are laying


In the Brooder
8 Years
Oct 3, 2011
I have 15 young hens, some are laying and some are not. I was wondering if there was a physical way to tell who was actually laying and who was not? No real reason I have to know other than just being nosey!
In my experience the hens changed personality a bit and started being a bit more confident and bossy, I don't know if anyone else has had this with their hens? Also their wattles start to be more red and pronounced and they squat when I go to stroke them. Other than that I'm not too sure, I'm a newbie when it comes to chicken keeping! :)
Thanks all. I read about ducks, but wonder how much would apply to chickens.. I am still wondering if anyone can chime in!
Without physically handling them the vent should be larger and moister then non layers. If you pick them up the spread between the pubic bones will be larger.

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