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Trying to distinguish my eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by thing1thingvu, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. thing1thingvu

    thing1thingvu Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone,

    So I'm trying to separate out my eggs so I can get a head count of how many/which chickens are laying. Below is how I sectioned them out...does it seem safe to say three chickens are laying?[​IMG]
     
  2. thing1thingvu

    thing1thingvu Out Of The Brooder

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    Here are some more pics after we got one just now...it looks like we may have all 4 laying? One egg is speckled but the same shape and size as another that seems to have a light band around it...any thoughts[​IMG]

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  3. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    Since things like calcium deposits (the white speckles) and even egg size can change from day to day, a better indicator is what the hen looks like. Does she have a nice, plump, red, slightly waxy looking comb? Is her vent soft and moist? Can you fit three fingers between the pelvic bones?

    Here's a very helpful video:
     
  4. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    You could also put a couple of drops of food coloring in their vents. Use a different color for each girl. When the eggs are laid, they'll have a little smudge of dye on them, which will tell you who laid what.

    Its not a fun task, but if you must know and don't have time to watch...
     
  5. thing1thingvu

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    Do calicium spots mean that they need more calcium?
     
  6. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    No, it means they have some extra [​IMG]
     

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