Hi. I am new to this forum and rather than spend months trying to read through every past thread, I thought I would just entertain people by asking really stupid questions that have probably been answered many times before. My wife and I just became homesteaders around 6 months ago and one of the first things I did was build a coop. We have had chickens for 4 months now and everytime I go out there, they are still cackling about my carpenter ability. We have 9 hens and a rooster. We get 6 eggs per day. One of the hens lays huge eggs. So here is stupid question #1. Other than setting up a camera and watching them 24 hours per day, how can you tell which hens are laying and which ones are not? If I get hungry for fried chicken one night and randomly picked one, with my luck it would be the one that lays the big eggs and not one of the three freeloaders. They all look the same to me, so even if I had a video of them laying eggs, once they leave the nest, I wouldn't recognize them. I thought about putting wet paint in their nests and then I would know the chicken with the blue butt laid the blue egg.