odd shape egg and which chicken isn't laying questions

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MsBrenda, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. MsBrenda

    MsBrenda Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 3, 2010
    Birnamwood, Wi
    Hello, I am new to the forum and also a new chicken mom. I rescued 12 chickens and a rooster from our neighbor who due to health problems, could no longer care for the birds.
    The rooster is a rhode island red, 6 white leghorns, 5 black leg horns, and 1 red star. The flock is about 2 years old. I have had to take care of the chickens before bringing them to my home for a short time while my husband built a coop and fenced in an area. I have been collecting about 5 eggs a day so far and that is what I collected before bringing the chickens home to. Not all the chickens are laying and I would like to know if there is a way to tell which chickens are not laying. Would their vent area appear different (smaller)? Also this is the second time in 2 weeks I got an odd shaped egg. The surface has groves. What would cause this? Appreciate all the help I can get. Thank you.

  2. math ace

    math ace Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 17, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL
    Have you cracked that wierd looking egg open yet?
    I have a leghorn who loves to lay a double yoker about once a week. Those eggs are painfully bigger than the others.

    You can inspect the vent to find out who is not laying. I didn't do this when I wanted to determine who was not laying. I just picked a day to be at home and did a nest check every 45 minutes or so. By the end of the day, I had caught most of the chickens who were laying.
  3. landnfalloon@yahoo.com

    [email protected] New Egg

    Nov 18, 2007
    I have RIR's & get a couple 'ridged' eggs a week - some like yours, some more pronounced - all different sizes. I've used some, sold some at the market & never had a bad egg from them.

    When I cull my flock, I separate a chicken at a time & give them a week to see their laying habits.
  4. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2009
  5. MsBrenda

    MsBrenda Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 3, 2010
    Birnamwood, Wi
    Quote:Broke the egg today and wasn't a double but it was very large.

    Thanks to all for your help. I think these chickens need a lot of help.

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