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which ones not laying?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by clucker49, Sep 25, 2014.

  1. clucker49

    clucker49 Out Of The Brooder

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    so I have 4 girls that should be laying and they look identical.not sure that they all are laying so whats the best way to find out?
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Well I've heard of a rather odd way to tell, some people use different colored lipstick, on each hen's "egg exit point: some of the color will come off on the egg and then you will know which hen did what. Of course, you discard the lipstick after that [​IMG]

    Let us know if it works for you.
     
  3. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Do they both lay in the same spot? If not then you can find out which one is laying by where she lays. Otherwise you may need to put them in a little confined area until one of them lays.

    Good luck and glad you joined!
     
  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    Lipstick [​IMG]

    Cannot imagine lipsticking a vent! Of course there is a lip balm " Chicken Poop" but it is colorless. When I see it at store check out displays, I always wonder what the main ingredient is?
     
  5. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    Not being sarcastic, really.

    But when you find 4 you will be sure.

    Each chicken usually lays a same shape egg. Photo those you are collecting and you'll start to see a pattern. I have 6 gals, and can tell who laid them by size and shape, Had hen cam in coop and mine have enough different characteristics I can tell them apart..so knew who laid when. But which egg from who took examining the eggs.
     
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Sometimes it is hard to figure out at first unless you try the lipstick thing. But after they get their egg laying machines in gear, each hen will lay a different tone and shaped egg. Go hang out with them in the mornings to see who might be going into the nest boxes. But the lipstick idea is probably the best bet.

    Good luck figuring this out and welcome to our flock!
     
  7. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I chose 4 different breeds to be my laying hens, they all have different colored eggs. You could try that :)

    @drumstick diva you crack me up! Love your posts btw.
     
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I've never done it that way, but I suppose you can try drumstick diva's suggestion. :eek:) Let us know if it works. The only infallible way I know to determine which hen is laying and which egg is being laid by which hen is either catching them in the act or using a nest trap. If you are not familiar with nest traps, you can see one at https://www.strombergschickens.com/product/Chicken-Nest-Trap/nests-and-accessories. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in figuring out who is laying.
     
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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  10. LIChickens

    LIChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC!

    You will find a lot of good information here. Keep on asking questions and you will get many good answers.

    You may also want to read the FAQ below.
     

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