which hen laid the egg!? help???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Coopedup:p, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. Coopedup:p

    Coopedup:p Songster

    ok, i have been getting about one egg every other day now. but i would like to know who this egg is coming from... SO is there a way i could tell which hen layed the egg? like distinct signs or characteristics? please reply [​IMG] thanks.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2010

  2. Dora'smom

    Dora'smom Songster

    Dec 14, 2009
    Does one of them exhibit signs of readiness to lay? Are they the same age?
    If one of them is "squatting" when you come near or reach for her, but the other is not. . .the squatter is probably your layer.
    Does one of them have a redder comb and wattles? She may be the egglayer.
    You can also check the vent. The vent of a layer is larger, and moist-appearing. It looks different from a nonlayer, so by comparing them you may be able to figure it out.
    There is also a way to tell based on how many fingers across you can place between the pelvic bones on the chickens rear end. Further apart may mean layer.
    I hope some of this helps.
  3. Coopedup:p

    Coopedup:p Songster

    thank you so much! it does help [​IMG]
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Go out tonight with a Q-tip and two different colored bottles of food coloring.

    Paint both of their vents different colors.

    Watch to see what color gets smeared on the eggs. That's your layer.
  5. Coopedup:p

    Coopedup:p Songster

    is the food coloring safe to use?
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Coopedup:p :

    is the food coloring safe to use?

    Do not use red!!!!​

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