Is my hen laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kyleigh, Oct 4, 2016.

  1. kyleigh

    kyleigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 21 week old Cucko maran. She has a really fluffy but, good sized comb and wattle that is RED. She is also the only one the rooster shows interest in. They free range on about 1/4 an acre. Is there a certain way to tell if she is laying, and I'm just not seeing then since they are free range? Could she be laying and eating them. Am I just being crazy and she hasn't started laying yet[​IMG][​IMG]. I was thinking of locking them in the coop all day tomorrow and seeing if anything shows up. Thank you!
     
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Yep, lock her up for a few days. She may be hiding her eggs. You can also check her vent; a laying hen will generally have a large, moist vent, while a non-laying one will have a small, dry vent.
     
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  3. kyleigh

    kyleigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She does seem to have a decent sized vent compared to the rest of hens. I will keep them locked up for a few days then. Where would I look for the possibly hidden eggs?
     

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