Two "new" chickens and egg laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by graceupongrace, Jul 31, 2017.

  1. graceupongrace

    graceupongrace Chirping

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    We recently got a few new girls from a friend who was downsizing her flock. In the last 8 days, we've gotten 6 eggs. None of our pullets are old enough the lay yet so this has been so this has been quite exciting around our place!

    All of the eggs have been the exact same color and size so I'm suspicious it's the same hen laying them all. Any ideas on which one it is? I though the second one looked like an Americana and am hoping for Easter colored eggs but I think I've heard they can also lay brown eggs? I'm not sure of either breed (any ideas? I know this isn't the right board for that so nbd).

    Thanks in advance!
     

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    graceupongrace Chirping

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    Also, any tips on getting bigger eggs? They are pretty small. My friend isn't sure how old they are because she has several batches. They are either 1 or 2 years old.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    The second pic looks like it could be an Easter Egger(EE),
    it's not an Ameraucana, and yes they can lay brown.
    Not sure on the first pics breed.
    That egg's not that small, unless you have tiny hands,
    (pic with a quarter would give true scale)
    but are you sure your pullets aren't laying?
    Some birds do lay smaller eggs tho.
    The older hens may be getting ready to molt,
    tis the season and a move can precipitate that process.

    One way to know for sure is a butt check:
    Vent Appearance:
    Dry, tight, and smaller - usually not laying.
    Moist, wide, and larger - usually laying.

    Pelvic Points, feel for the 2 bony points(pelvic bones F-F) on either side of vent:
    Less than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means not laying.
    More than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means laying.
    (Spacing is relative with chickens size and humans finger size.)
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    graceupongrace Chirping

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    Our pullets are only 15weeks old so I'm pretty sure they aren't laying yet. ;) I'd just like to know which of them is laying all the eggs and if I should be worried that the other one hasn't laid any eggs since they've been here.
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    No need to worry unless she is acting ill...not eating drinking pooping OK or is unusually inactive. EE's can be notoriously inconsistent layers.
     

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