Who's the culprit?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by atomic_chicken, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. atomic_chicken

    atomic_chicken Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 21, 2011
    B.C. Canada
    Anyone have any tricks as to find out who is laying eggs? I am trying trying to figure out
    which hen is responsible. Will she be acting differently than the others? Besides catching her in the act
    are there any other techniques?

    She is also laying eggs right beside the nesting box. 6" up and 6" to the side and she would be right on the mark.

    Ah well......I guess I'm just happy she's laying and all the hens are happy!
  2. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    Quote:I read on here to put lipstick on there vent and it would leave a trace of it on the egg when it's laid!!
  3. KarenP

    KarenP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    When my first hen started to lay i noticed she was very vocal all of a sudden, and more than usual. I also think the rooster knows when they are fertile, because that is the only hen he wants to mate with. I'm not an expert so i could be wrong. She is also more calm and friendly now that she is laying eggs. She used to be my craziest!!
  4. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Aug 30, 2007
    New York State
    My Coop
    You can check their vents. If somebody's pink and moist, she's laying. If she's more like yellowish and crusty, she's not.
  5. 123ChickieLou

    123ChickieLou Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2011
    Quote:How long will the vent be pink and moist after laying? Or does it just stay like that until they have a rest?
  6. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

    Jun 3, 2011
    Middle Tennessee
    My pullets wouldn't let me get close enough to check vents. So one day this past summer I just sat by the coop and watched. I had a raised coop then - so if I opened the door and sat in a chair by the door - the nest box was just a few inches away. I watched as they each laid their egg - up close and personal. [​IMG] I was able to figure out which one laid which color/size egg. I sat there a long time, though. I'm still surprised they weren't put off with my being there. It was fascinating.
  7. atomic_chicken

    atomic_chicken Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 21, 2011
    B.C. Canada
    Quote:I took your advice and checked my hens....much to their dismay.... and figured out which one was laying. It was really easy
    to tell. Thank you for the advice everyone!

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