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Which ones are not laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ray2310, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. ray2310

    ray2310 Songster

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    How can I determine which hens are not laying eggs? We have 18 Red Sex links. Last summer 15-17 eggs each day. This summer 6-9 per day. We have some younger hens that should start laying soon. Our plan is to cull our older hens. So how do I determine which hens are not laying?

    Thanks,

    Ray
     

  2. lottastuff9

    lottastuff9 In the Brooder

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    Some people say put a bit of food color on/barely in their vents and matching color on head...or they have the numbered bands on their legs that correspond to a certain color. In theory when they lay a bit of color would come out onto the egg. I don't see how you could do that considering you have 18 birds [​IMG] If it doesn't work...at least you would have a rainbow of poop piles! [​IMG]
     
  3. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

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    The other option is spend the day at the coop and see who goes in and does the business. mk
     
  4. ekemily

    ekemily Songster

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    you could use a nest trap and then mark/band the ones that come in and actually lay an egg. Just remember to remove the egg before resetting your trap! [​IMG]
     
  5. sred98

    sred98 Songster

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    Just look at their combs and vents. Their combs should be a bright clear red if they are laying. If they aren't, it will be a pale pink. Their vents should be big and pink and moist looking. If they aren't laying, then it will just look like a regular chicken butt! [​IMG]

    Shelly
     
  6. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Songster

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    If I have doubts I keep one hen at a time in the coop until she does or does not lay, then ring her leg. Usually mine have laid by 10:00 a.m,

    Sandie
     

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