who's not laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Victoriab70, Jan 20, 2016.

  1. Victoriab70

    Victoriab70 New Egg

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    I am a beginning chicken owner, I have 4 hens and get 3 eggs a day. How do I know which hen is not laying without watching them all day? I have Rhode island reds.
     
  2. cavemanrich

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    It is possible that all 4 are laying, but don't expect all 4 to lay every day. maybe 1 or 2 take a break from laying, and resume the next day. Another thing to consider is that chickens lay on a 25 hour cycle (most).. That means that once it gets dark, and she did not lay an egg, expect it the next morning. This rotation can throw of the egg/day pattern.
    There is another method to see which chicken laid which egg. It involves putting some food dye onto a chickens vent. (not way inside) The egg will have a streak of the food coloring on it. You would need to use 4 different colors, one different on each hen. Observe for a few days to see which hens are laying. The food coloring is supposed to last a few days. I newer did it but read others that tried it with success.
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  3. Victoriab70

    Victoriab70 New Egg

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    Thank you so much, I never thought about it that way. I'm still learning a lot. :) I'm enjoying my feather babies immensely and look forward to adding to them this spring. :)
     

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