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Sat 19-May-12
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danast
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wave Isn't it just such a fantastic feeling?  And you know something it never goes, no matter how many eggs you get.  smile

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I agree with Danuta & I have over 20 hens. It goes to show that you were genuinely sold POL hens.....so many are sold too young & there new owners have to wait for months for the ist egg experience. My youngest pullets have just started  & it is a real thrill to see the tiny first eggs. Now you have one pullet laying it will encourage the others. Chickens love to copy each other....LOL !! wave

 

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I agree too, I love finding eggs even though they add to the mountain. More baking tomorrow! So pleased your hens have started, you will resent ever having to buy eggs again! The taste is different too.

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found another batch of eggs in the straw bales today - hunt the egg every bloody day at the mo

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It's fun! They do find some good places. Mine mostly lay in the house but sometimes not, found one under the house this week. Chicken house that is!

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It is strange that the smallest is the one who is laying... it leads me to think that maybe we are missing some somewhere!

Had it for breakfast yesterday... very pale yellow yolk and petite size but yummy!

Mon 21-May-12
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It has more to do with genetics & breed than size.....often larger pullets take longer to come into lay.  It's the same with the males & their fertility. It can also be just where they are placed in the pecking order. It is all this that makes keeping them so very interesting. Now I wish I had had the time to get involved earlier in my life but with all the travel I was involved in it was plainly not possible & anyway I was scared stiff of birds of any kind. It's kind of very funny now but I was terrified to touch mine for about a year & the pair of them knew it. The female hated me & would scream at me all the time I went out into the garden. It is very upsetting to be hated by an animal. She suddenly changed when she went broody & became rather friendly towards me.....just the opposite of what normally happens.  laugh

 

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Mon 21-May-12
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ours are quite friendly; they tolerate cuddles and come to the kitchen door often as they know treats arrive from there!

I do prefer the dog though!

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We now have another 16 baby chicks, all different colours - some almost look like baby penguins with their colourings. Unfortunately one has splayed legs but thanks to Nadine's advice in other forums we checked on backyardchicken and they seemed to have some answers which we are trying out at the moment

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How lovely! I am loving my ducklings. Hope you sort out the dodgy legs for your chick.

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That chick has given us so much consternation this week. It probably slipped its achilles tendon but didn't realise until perhaps a bit late. Its hock got swollen and also started bleeding as it was walking on that. Managed to get that to stop bleeding but it still looks swollen. Tried it in a sling and overnight it managed to nearly get out and I found it upside down with it's swollen leg still in the sling. Thought it was curtains for the poor little thing but after massaging it's legs it got it's act together and started moving around better. Think it may have even done it good. Kept it in the sling again today and kept it monitored but it wasn't happy. So put it into a smaller box, with three other smaller chicks and put a splint on it's leg so it isn't dragging that around. It's just going to have to find out how to get around - after all you here of one legged chickens. It seems more content now though and we'll see how it gets on overnight.doh

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Hard I know, I have a duck with feet that turn in, she used to fall over often as a duckling and had to wait to be rescued. She has grown up healthy but walks with a limp and her feet are still turned in. She gives me an egg every day and seems to manage fine. I hope it works out with your chick.

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That's what we are hoping for Aly. Thanks for the encouragementcheers

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all 3 of our chooks laying now and today one of them laid the biggest egg I have ever seen; It was HUGE!!!eeek  I can only imagine that her eyes are watering somewhat now!

 

One of them lays double yolker's regularly toosmilesmile

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That has me sniggering Shelley!  How are you - busy still?

I'll try that again!

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