want to find out if a hen is laying...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by freshfish, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. freshfish

    freshfish Out Of The Brooder

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    I have read the food coloring in the vent, but not sure how or where exactly to put it. And when people say "IN" do you have to insert or just put drops on her? Can I do it at night when she is on the roost or will it dry by the next day? confused, please help...

    John
     
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    <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Theres spose to be an diffenrece in there vents if they are laying
     
  3. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

    What kind of differences?
     
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I have never tried it, but with the food coloring; you are supposed to put quite a bit into the vent. Too little and it won't show on the eggs.
    I have also heard of people putting lipstick in the vent. Now that brings all sorts of disturbing images to mind. [​IMG]
    In both instances it has been recommended to not use red.

    Imp
     
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    This is a pretty good article about it. The pigmentation method probably won't help you much if she just started, but maybe if they have yellow legs. The most likely to help are looking at the vent and looking for the one with the reddest comb.

    Evaluate Laying
    http://www.ca.uky.edu/smallflocks/Factsheets/Evaluating_egg_laying_hens.pdf

    I have not done it myself, but supposedly the food coloring needs to go inside the vent early in the morning and renewed daily.

    I'll not use the lipstick, although I've heard of people using it. I'm certainly not going to try to explain to my wife or anyone else why I'm putting lipstick on a hen's vent.
     
  6. newham0614

    newham0614 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wet vent=eggs
    dry vent=not yet
     
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    Quote:Sounds like the best way 2 me [​IMG].
     
  8. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it's a standard size, you put 3 fingers against the vent, you should feel the bones. If there is an egg wide gap between the bones, they are laying, if not, no eggs yet.
    Bantams is 2 fingers.
     
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    Quote:[​IMG] I don't like the idea of putting food dye into the chicken [​IMG]
     
  10. mercedes

    mercedes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Lipstick? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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