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Chickens not laying
Sat 24-Dec-11
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Aly
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we are getting one egg every day and Boris has re started mating so maybe more will arrive. I am happy with the daily egg as this enables me to do the baking each week and have an occasional boiled egg. On the self sufficiency front OH said today that he is thinking about us having 2 lambs next year which will be destined for the freezer. It will take me a while to get my head round this but I do accept animals are for eating. He said he would take care of the abbatoir side of things. I would have to be sure not to give them names or see them as pets. If we have any more chicks next year I am going to try to do the same with any cockerals that arrive as I know we cannot keep them all. It will all be a steep learning curve for a life long vegetarian

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Sat 24-Dec-11
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Must be a very difficult thing to accept, Aly, I feel for you.  I'm not a vegetarian, but couldn't bear the thought of killing and eating some animal that we'd reared.  I know that sounds totally wimpish, but I just can't separate the ideas of having/caring for animals, and eating meat.  As far as I'm concerned, meat for eating comes from a butcher or supermarket, not from my garden.  We did toy with the idea of keeping chickens, but have decided against it - partly because we live in a rented property and don't know how long we'll be here, but mainly because I'm just too much of a wimp (even though the chickens would have been for eggs only, not eating).

I'm fascinated by the whole chicken-keeping thing though.....why don't they lay (much) in the winter?  And what's the red comb thing about? (i'm guessing that their combs haven't been red for a while?).

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Sat 24-Dec-11
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wave  Sue, the day-length & therefore their egg production governs their fertility & their energy. They need sunlight, just like we do, to be in top notch condition to produce eggs. In winter they use most of their energy in keeping warm & re-growing their feathers after the annual moult.

Hope that helps a bit. I could get more complicated but it makes my brain ache.....big_laugh 

 

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Sun 25-Dec-11
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I have just realised I didn't answer the comb question.  Too much blackberry liqueur....!!

 

I always think that the bright red combs in both the hens & the cocks is a sign to the other sex that they are ready to mate.  It certainly works that way......!!   big_laugh big_laugh

 

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Sun 25-Dec-11
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Thanks for the answers, Nadine.

 

(so if I wear a bright red comb in my hair......my husband probably wouldn't even notice! ponderbig_laughbig_laughbig_laugh)

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wave This is the first year I have ever had eggs on Christmas Day.  Every other year the hens have stopped laying about the beginning to middle of November.  I am not complaining of course, it is wonderful, especially the eggs from the ones I raised in the incubator earlier this year.  smile

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Sun 25-Dec-11
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I had a special present too heart 2 eggs found in the straw, thanks girls!big_hug

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wave Me too, Danuta, although I once had a hen give me the first egg of the new season on Christmas Day but I have never had them lay through the winter. I wonder if they sense that we may have a very mild few months. I say that because I had two very late hatches of chicks, much later than ever before.   ponder

 

sloe_gin Happy Yule to you Danuta ! cheers

 

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Thought I would report that I am getting 3 eggs now! Need to get back to baking to use them. Not sure how you are using 13 Hattie!

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I have hungry neighbours, Aly       big_laugh  big_laugh  

 

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My problem is that all my neighbors have chickens too!

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Thu 23-Feb-12
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Hurray, I had a dark brown egg this week, not sure if it's the welsommers or the marans, actually I've had 2, tuesday, and today...about bloody time they've been freeloading all winter.

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waveCongratulations Janet, I have been so lucky this winter with eggs virtually every day; yesterday I had 10. In previous years they stopped laying for at least 2 months.

 

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How lovely! silly I know but it still makes me smile when I find eggs!smile

I always say thank you too ok

I get 2 or 3 a day at the moment which is plenty for my baking chef

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wave  Great news Janet.   welldone    I know just how you feel.  My seven ladies had laid all winter, but when I moved,  they stopped laying.  One of them has started again, laying one egg every two or three days, so I am hoping it won't be too long before they all start again.  I expect the break has done them good.

One of them lost a good percentage of her feathers when they were moved - stress I expect - but they are growing in again and I am amazed that I see a difference in her every day.  smile   I do love my girls and I too thank them for their gifts.   

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