Who's are who's?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by coolcanoechic, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. coolcanoechic

    coolcanoechic Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have only been able to spy on the girls on the weekends since I work during the week and they lay when I'm not home.
    For the life of me, I can't figure out which hen layed which egg. They seem to elude me every weekend. It's driving me crazy [​IMG]

    Can anyone help me?

    The girls. Roxie the Plymouth Barred Rock and Shirley the NH Red Both are 20 months old.
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    The eggs
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  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    The barred rock is laying the light eggs. I would bet my rooster on this [​IMG]
     
  3. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    I can definitively state two of those eggs were laid by one of those pullets and the other two were from the other pullet. [​IMG]

    Sorry that's the best I can do. Hope someone else knows brown eggs better.
     
  4. coolcanoechic

    coolcanoechic Chillin' With My Peeps

    I really thought it was the other way around, but they keep going into and out of the boxes back and forth in the morning and I'm running out there in my bathrobe every 5 minutes to check. Hubby thinks I'm wacko![​IMG]
     
  5. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:I feel the same way! I have 16 girls, and a few are confusing me.

    Some keep going into the nesting boxes and getting out without laying.

    My BR definitely lays much lighter eggs than my Production Red. My BR lays the lightest eggs of all my girls [​IMG]
     
  6. coolcanoechic

    coolcanoechic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I feel the same way! I have 16 girls, and a few are confusing me.

    Some keep going into the nesting boxes and getting out without laying.

    My BR definitely lays much lighter eggs than my Production Red. My BR lays the lightest eggs of all my girls [​IMG]

    I have been trying to guess by their ear colors, but they both seem the same. Argh! [​IMG] I just wish I could catch them in the act. Can a chicken be trained to sign their eggs! [​IMG]
     
  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    If it is that important to you, put food coloring in their vents early in the morning and see if you get colors on the egg shells. I've heard of people using lipstick but I'm not trying to explain to my wife or anyone else why I'm putting lipstick on a chicken's vent.
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  8. coolcanoechic

    coolcanoechic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:[​IMG] I think I will pass on the vent coloring and lip stick [​IMG]
     
  9. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

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    Ewww for the lipstick! [​IMG]

    I have not yet tried the food colouring. Can't really be bothered [​IMG]
    Barred rocks usually don't lay dark eggs. My PR lays the darkest brown of all my girls, and your girl looks just like her.

    The ear colour is only indicative of the colour of the egg, not the shade. Both will lay brown.
     
  10. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    I just went and took pictures so you could compare [​IMG]

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    Barred rock on left, production red on right

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    ETA: I watch them lay their eggs. I have a covered barn that blocks the elements, so I spend a lot of time with them. [​IMG] I am 100% sure who's eggs are who for mine.
     
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2012

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