Is there anyway to tell that my "hen" has ever laid an egg before?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by holliewould, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. holliewould

    holliewould Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What if she's a hider, or say I've never seen or heard her lay an egg. Is there a way to tell from looking at her britches if she's laid an egg before? In other words, will her bum change shape? They free range so I want to make sure a certain someone isn't hiding her goodies is all. Thanks!
     
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  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    That is a great question. I'd love to hear the answer to this one.... if it's out there![​IMG]
     
  3. rufus

    rufus Overrun With Chickens

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    Chickens can be very devious for an animal with a brain about the size of your thumbnail. They will hide eggs in places you would never think of.

    The best way to detect a hidden nest is to promise a little kid five dollars to watch and see where she goes to lay.

    I have tried to wait them out, sitting out there in my chair just watching. I either fall asleep, or have to go into the house for something. And when I get back, there they are cackling.

    Rufus
     
  4. holliewould

    holliewould Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's great info. but my question was....can you tell if they've ever laid an egg before. Like.... can you look at their rear ends and tell if they are laying yet.
     
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Flip up some bottoms. Look for pink, slightly swollen, slightly protruding moist vents.
     
  6. holliewould

    holliewould Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Whoa. I will do that. I'll offend them birdies first thing in the morning and make notes to myself thereafter. I know one isn't laying for sure, the other one I'm keeping an eye out for, mainly because she free ranges and I want to make for certain she isn't keeping the goods for herself(or a roo). Oh and everyone says she looks like a "point of lay" bird. soooooo thanks MP for assigning me to swollen vent duty. [​IMG] Is there no other way hahaha? Either or, I'm checking butts when day breaks. :|
     
  7. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Quote:I knew it.
     
  8. BUG126

    BUG126 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:AH HA! I knew Lucky was doing her business outside! I now dont let them out until the evening.
     
  9. Gindee77

    Gindee77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just checked one of my EE's that's been showing signs of wanting to lay for a couple weeks now. (Squatting, hanging out in the nest boxes, etc) and her bum looks like she's been laying eggs, according to your description, but I've had NO green or blue eggs! I have found one that's paler brown than the other eggs we've gotten from our Golden Comets, but I'm not sure if the pale egg is hers or not. There's no way she could hide an egg, mine don't free-range, they are either in the coop or in the tractor, both of which we check on a very regular basis. Almost every hour all during the day. I've sat and watched them [​IMG] but have never caught one actually laying an egg! [​IMG]

    Can EE's lay light brown eggs? [​IMG]

    I will be SO disappointed if they don't lay colorful eggs! But then again, the color is just pretty and doesn't serve any purpose so I'll still get good eggs from her! And I love her dearly!! [​IMG]
     
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