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The Great Mystery: Which of my eggs match the breeds I have?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by roostereggs, Nov 16, 2013.

  1. roostereggs

    roostereggs Chirping

    Oct 19, 2013
    I recently inherited 7 hens, and I got a chicken cam to see who is laying which egg, but the coop is too far away from the house for it to connect to my wifi.

    In a few weeks I will be hatching some of these eggs in an incubator, but I only want to hatch certain ones. I think my roo is a Barnevelder, and he is fertilizing 100% of our eggs. I am trying to match egg to breed, but what I have read about egg color and breed has not been helpful. So I am here to ask the experts! They are between 3-7 years old, and I do not add artificial light at night. My hens, in pecking order (not sure if you need this info), high to low:

    Buff orpington (seen in nest occasionally)
    Barred rock #1
    Golden/red sex-link #1
    Barred rock #2 (seen in nest a lot)
    Golden/red sex-link #2
    Easter egger #1
    Easter egger #2 (She is picked on a lot & either sleeps on the roost below everyone else or inside nest. I think she may be broody, but she will sit NEXT to the pile of eggs and not on top.) [​IMG]

    My eggs, in order of production, high to low:
    Light brown speckled medium-sized egg, lays darn near every day, 14/16 days.
    Light brown smooth large egg, laid 11-12/16 days.
    Mint green large egg, has laid two days on, one day off consistently. 10/15 days. (I suspect with this exact routine, only one of my EEs is laying.)
    Light brown med-large egg with olive specks, laid 10/15 days.
    XL medium-brown egg, always very wrinkly and funny shaped, 9/16 days.
    Ombre cream/white torpedo egg, has laid 7/15 days.

    And once every 2 weeks I find a a large smooth pinkish/brown egg. Could be from one hen, but I suspect one hen is a non-layer and this egg comes from my smooth brown layer...?

    I want to hatch eggs from my sex-links for production and my barred rocks for their friendliness. Or should I throw all caution to the wind and hatch some of each?

  2. SIMZ

    SIMZ Crowing

    Apr 29, 2011
    Northwest Indiana
    That's going to be a tough one to sort out! [​IMG] Many of those lay eggs that are similar in color. The easiest route would be to hatch them all and see what you get. A simple way to hatch only what you want (and be sure!) is to place the hens you want eggs from in a dog crate or separate place. Then you can be sure. Happy hatching!
  3. roostereggs

    roostereggs Chirping

    Oct 19, 2013
    Jeez! Why didn't I think of that?

    OK, I will separate them out tonight when they go to roost. [​IMG] I just hope they don't go on strike when I do it!

    Thanks for your reply!

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