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which hen laid the egg!? help???

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

  1. Coopedup:p

    Coopedup:p Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    is the food coloring safe to use?

    Do not use red!!!!​
     

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