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How do you know who is in lay?

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This morning I went out to clean the chickydoos as usual but had to sit and wait because, no more than ten seconds after letting them out, Splash went straight back in and hunched in the nest box. Obviously I wasn't about to disturb her, so I stood in the corner of the run and watched the other five losers failing to understand the new trigger feeder.

So now I am confused. Splash (Colombian Blacktail) lays tiny eggs, no bigger than Marshmallow's little white ones so I suppose it's understandable that I thought it was Lobelia (Pekin) but now I am wondering how on earth I am going to know which hens are in lay?!

It will be simple enough to know that Petunia is in lay because she's a legbar so the eggs will be some kind of blue, but the others are a Poland, a Pekin, and another Silkie!

The silkie will lay little white eggs like Marshmallow's ones, but what about the Poland and the Pekin? Is there anything distinctive about their eggs that would give them away?

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The only easy way I've found is to buy chickens that all lay different coloured eggs :lol: . I only have 3 laying out of 5, the green egg layer is easy to spot (by the absence of green eggs :roll: ) but of the other 4 I don't know which one isn't laying. Or maybe they all are, just not every day :think::roll: .

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You may be lucky and they'll lay slightly different shaped eggs. Mine all do so although I have 2 Pekins and 2 Wyandotte bantams I always know whose is whose (and if you're wondering - at the moment that'd be no one!)

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Columbian black tails should lay medium sized light brown eggs as their one of the main layers of free range eggs for Asda and Waitrose

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