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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:23 pm 
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is there anyway to sort out hens to know which hen is laying eggs and which ones is not??


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some people suggest putting different coloured food dye aruon their cloaca (bottom)

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if you feel their pelvic bones those that are laying will be wider across the opening than those not laying

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At this time of the year, those who are moulting and have dull combs are less likely to be laying.
Just under their tail and and either side of their vent (cloaca) you can feel the two pelvic bones - they will feel quite narrow and sharp. If they are wide apart (almost 2 fingers) the hen is laying. They are spaced to allow an egg to pass through. If the gap is very small, the hen is not laying. Her body has gone into 'rest mode'. Your young hens will also feel like this until they are almost ready to begin laying.
The idea with the food dye is that as the egg is laid, the dampness will cause the dye to stain it. I've not tried this but some people use it to learn which hen lays which egg.


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