more than one a day?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by robinm609, Oct 19, 2016.

  1. robinm609

    robinm609 Just Hatched

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    Can a 6-month old hen (Black Australorp) lay more than one egg in a day?

    I'm trying to figure out who's doing what in my coop...

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  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    It can, on occasion, happen that more than one egg is expelled in a 24 hour period. How frequently do you believe this may be happening in your flock? What is leading you to believe one of your birds is laying multiple eggs per day?
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!

    If you've got a group of pullets just coming into lay you can examine there vent's and pelvic points,
    it's pretty accurate way to tell who is laying and who is not.
    It does take some practice, but easy after that.


    Vent:
    Dry, tight, and smaller - usually not laying.
    Moist, wide, and larger - usually laying

    Pelvic Points 2 bony points(pelvic bones) on either side of vent:
    Less than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means not laying.
    More than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means laying.
     
  4. robinm609

    robinm609 Just Hatched

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    This is the first day I've gotten 3 eggs from my 4 hens.
    One hen is not yet showing any signs of being ready to lay, so I'm ruling her out.
    The egg from the Easter Egger is obvious (blue), but the other 2 (Black Australorp and Salmon Faverolles) are brown egg birds.

    I've been stalking them each morning and I've only witnessed eggs produced by the Easter Egger and the Black Australorp. Had a fresh brown and a blue egg this morning and then... at 5pm I witnessed the Australorp lay a late-afternoon egg. This is the first time I've ever had an egg in the afternoon.

    So I'm thinking that the Faverolles may be a sneaky layer -- waiting until I'm not lurking in the morning and then doing her thing -- or the Australorp pulled a double header today.

    I will continue to stalk and observe.

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  5. robinm609

    robinm609 Just Hatched

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    Thanks for this info!

    I didn't handle my birds much when they first arrived, so they don't like being handled now. But I will try to catch them tomorrow and flip 'em over for a vent & pelvic exam.

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  6. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    If your getting 3 eggs and have 4 Pullets...? What is the problem? As you said one is not laying yet?


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  7. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Howdy robinm609

    I have never tried it, but I have read of people putting food colouring on the feathers surrounding their hen's vent which then transfers to the eggs, helping to identify who laid it.
     
  8. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    I have never done the food colouring either...Sounds a bit silly...Sort of like people who look at their vents...They will lay eggs...When ready..All pullets start laying..

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  9. aart

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  10. robinm609

    robinm609 Just Hatched

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    No problem -- just curiosity. I'm thrilled to be finally getting some eggs!
    I was sure the Salmon Faverolles was only nesting -- never saw her come off anything but an empty nest.

    But it looks like I may have been wrong -- she must be sneaking in when I'm not looking to do her thing.

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