Separating hens to see who is laying

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by farrellyred, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. farrellyred

    farrellyred Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 18, 2011
    I have 14 brown laying hens and 5 white egg laying hens. I get 5 white eggs and 7 brown eggs a day! All these hens are over a year old, so have you any ideas on how to separate them to see who is laying and who is now without effecting their laying?
  2. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    Well I have always heard, pick them up and use your hand to measure the distance between the legs, two fingers, non layer, 3 fingers width = layer.

    I have never tried it, instead, I go down several times a day, and see who is on a nest, then mark that hen. In a couple of days, you have a pretty good idea.


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