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Glad your chicken decided to join in! I don't think my sis candles any of her eggs, they just get stuck in the fridge and eaten!

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There is a way to tell which hens are laying if it ever really comes down to that. I've never been that good about telling from the vent, but the bleached ear patches are a sure sign!
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My husband's family never candled, either, Firle! Just something I was taught to do when my ex and I raised Bantams. Helps to see if it's a fertile egg or not.

[sign in to see URL]'re not too concerned about which ones are laying, but would be nice to know, just out of curiosity. [sign in to see URL] have no clue what you mean by the bleach [sign in to see URL] one on me LOL. I'm still not very chicken savvy....

Yesterday, as I was driving the parade route, I get a phone call from my daughter, in a panic. 'ONE OF THE CHICKENS IS OUT!!!!' I was [sign in to see URL] am "I" supposed to do about it? I'm in the middle of a friggin parade!! LOL.... DH was at his brother's helping put on a house roof, so he couldn't do anything, either. Turns out, it apparently was not one of our hens. When I got [sign in to see URL] of ours were in the chicken yard, and the description the kids [sign in to see URL] wasn't one of ours. So, no clue who's chicken was in our [sign in to see URL] where it disappeared to after our small dog chased it down to the creek! LOL.... just happy all MY chickens were safely tucked away where they belonged!

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The hens are still laying well, now. I noticed I have 10 eggs I need to do something with. We need to start eating more eggs in the mornings!! [sign in to see URL], I'm going to end up with more than I know what to do with!!!!!

Since one of our roosters has been bullying the other, DH put some fencing down the middle of the chicken yard, and on the inside of the chicken house!! Kind of cut into the room a bit, so I think we're going to clear out a small section inside the barn, and fix it so each side can go in that part of the barn as well. It will give them a place to go in bad weather, other than just the chicken house, plus a dry place to feed and water them, and to keep the feed. It's also always fairly cool in the barn. Will have to wait till the rain stops to really do much, though.

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Having layers is great, but mind you collect all the eggs and use them. Gertrude hid a clutch before she got killed and we found them two days after - all of them were well spoiled and not eatable. They go off pretty quick when they are infertile and sat on for a week.

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Telling if a hen is laying is a bit of a "black art" sometimes. Not all hens have read the books on what signs they are supposed to show!

When a hen is laying eggs, her vent is moist and plump. Otherwise it is dry and puckered. I've never been one to stare at a chicken's butt but I have tired to discern the difference. I have been able to tell on some hens but ones I KNEW were not laying looked like they were. So this is certainly not my favorite method.

As a hen begins to lay, the pigment is taken from her skin color and put into the [sign in to see URL] pigment is lost in a certain order. I know it is vent, eye ring and then ear lobe. After that it is parts of the leg and feet and I've never been able to tell that. But there's nothing like the bleaching of a red ear lobe! That's a sure sign for me and has never been wrong. This progression does take a while though. And then when a hen stops laying, the pigment returns to the various parts.
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I think the large blue eggs are coming from the [sign in to see URL] sure if one or both. The small brown eggs, I think are coming from our smallest Rhode Island Red and the Wyandotte, and the other larger ones from the other Reds, which are a bit older and larger than the other one.

I candled about 9 or so last night, and I have learned NOT to wash them as much as I had been, but just enough to get any dirt or chicken poo off the shell. I did some research and there is a film over the shell that helps keep bacteria and such away from the inside, and if you wash the egg too hard, or too long, it washes that film off. So, now it's mostly just a slightly damp cloth and just enough force to get anything icky off, then into the fridge they go. We do collect every day, but usually leave one marked egg in the nest, to be picked up the next day, leaving another freshly laid and marked one. The hens seem to lay more if there is at least one egg in their nests, and so far, our method has been successful, and we're not leaving the same egg all the time, to end up spoiling.



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Saijen, we use fake eggs to "seed" the nest boxes. We use to buy them but they would go missing on occasion so we'd have to get more. A few times we would find one of the ceramic ones off in the woods with all sorts of teeth marks on them! Something definitely stealing them. Now we just use golf balls. Much cheaper and easier to replace!
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That sounds like a good idea, we will remember that, though it does kind of prove the idea that chickens ain't very clever. emoticon

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We've been lucky with nothing getting to our chickens, and hadn't needed to use the fake eggs. However, it seems the hens aren't laying as well right now for some reason. DH did separate some of them due to the 2 roosters going at each other. One is a big bully, and was attacking the other, so he divided the chicken yard in half, with one rooster on each side and split the hens up. They've pretty much backed off laying, so, we may have to get rid of one rooster and open the yard back up all the way. Trial and error still yet......

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