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My first EGG!!!! Who laid it?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CGilbert, Nov 22, 2015.

  1. CGilbert

    CGilbert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2x 1 yr old girls that I bought from a local breeder 20 days ago. They are of laying age, so when I got them home, I set up a light and timer to make sure they got 14-15 hours of light a day. Never got anything. I know that sometimes due to stress/new environment, hens will sometimes stop laying for a while.
    I also have a girl that is 7 months old.

    Anyway, due to the bad windstorm that came through here, we lost power on Tuesday. The coop is fairly dark (bad lighting and no windows), so without an indoor light, there is close to no light. So, imagine my surprise, when I came out this morning to switch out the frozen water for fresh water, and found an egg in one of the nest boxes. [​IMG]

    Any guesses which of my girls did it? The 7 month old or one of the 1 yr olds?
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  2. countrygoddess

    countrygoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    What kind of chickens are they? And what color is that egg? It looks white when the picture is small, but maybe kind of green-tinted when I click on the picture to blow it up...
     
  3. CGilbert

    CGilbert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are Ameraucanas. And it is a green egg, almost kind of a mint color.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Could have been any of them.
    What kind of bird is the 7 month old?
    If it came from one of your 'Ameraucanas' they are probably Easter Eggers.
    You could check their points, that might answer the question.



    Signs of onset of lay---I've found the pelvic points to be the most accurate.
    Squatting:
    If you touch their back they will hunker down on the ground, then shake their tail feathers when they get back up.
    This shows they are sexually mature and egg laying is close at hand.

    Combs and Wattles:
    Plump, shiny red - usually means laying.
    Shriveled, dryish looking and pale - usually means not laying.
    Tho I have found that the combs and wattles can look full and red one minute then pale back out the next due to exertion or excitement, can drive ya nuts when waiting for a pullet to lay!

    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.
     
  5. CGilbert

    CGilbert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All three of the girls are from a local Ameraucana breeder. They all fit the SOP. Although I was expecting blue eggs, oh well.
    I'll have to check them in the morning, once it gets light
     
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2015
  6. countrygoddess

    countrygoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had two Ameraucanas, one that lays blue eggs and one that lays eggs that more greenish. Like the mint green you said yours are. She definitely wasn't an EE--she was pure Ameraucana. I needed to thin my flock a little so I gave her away but kept the one that lays blue eggs. She's a lavender Ameraucana.

    Anyway, I look at vents to figure out who has started laying again after a moult. Wide, moist vents are indicative of a girl who is laying eggs. However, this egg could have come from your 7-month old. The only way to know for sure is to catch one of them in the act. =)
     
  7. Rhodebar Lover

    Rhodebar Lover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are always exceptions, but new layers egg's are generally smaller then normal for the first month or so. The egg in the picture is fairly large, so I think it is likely from one of your older layers. :)
     

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