which eggs are which? How will I know?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by JeninMN, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. JeninMN

    JeninMN Songster

    Apr 3, 2008

    We just put our 18 week old girls & one Roo in with our 1.5 year olds..all Buff Orps.

    We sell the majority of our eggs and sometimes some of our eggs are not that big...

    Is there any way at all that we'll be able to tell which eggs are from our little ones once they start laying?

    Should we just plan on not selling any of our smaller eggs for a little while? Seems to me there is nothing really wrong with the eggs but I'd just like to know that any system kinks are worked out before I sell them [​IMG]

    Any advice on this is much appreciated!!

  2. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    around here Pacific Islanders prefer the smaller eggs and swarm to get them. They remind them of the eggs their scrawny feral hens lay back home. They will pay $4/dozen for bantam eggs, and they call them "Native Egg" and get all excited and brag to their friends about them!

    I learned a while back to quit predicting what people will want based on my own likes and dislikes. Just put it out there and let it rip! You will be surprised what some people go nuts over that other people think is junk.
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member 9 Years

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I dunno, haven't started selling mine.(I'm too busy eating them)

    But what about packaging the small ones in 1 container and the larger ones in another container, and let the customer choose?

    Just a thought.
  4. lotzahenz

    lotzahenz Songster

    Aug 28, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    My poultry friend says to charge the same for pullet eggs as regular eggs as they are "richer" and taste better and people want them. I always felt a bit guilty when they were smaller, so I usually just put the too small ones in cartons and give them away to my friends. HenZ

  5. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    Also, to answer the original question, You can put a drop of food coloring in the vent of a particular bird, or different colors in different birds and you will see the egg the next day will be tinted from the food coloring so you can start to see who is laying what.
  6. embkm

    embkm Songster

    Jan 16, 2009
    Colbert, Ga
    Quote:Have you actually tried that? Does it work or is it just an old farmer's tale? Does it hurt the hens?

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