YEY! We had an egg on sunday, out in the mud all wet and dirty, full size dark brown! (i thought they would start off small and soft for their first lay ever!) Then nothing monday but another massive one on tuesday. Am so pleased - worth waiting nearly a year for! But the one who is laying is going a bit crazy on the day inbetween - jumping up into the indoor bit, and out in and out in and out dragging all straw out with her and scratting about in there. Is this normal!!??
Jojo - congratulations!
I was just saying that to Fiona this morning when she made us egg sandwiches ( two fried eggs in a sandwich of buttered toast - yumm) - what a great pleasure it is when chooks start laying again at this time of year. It is such a satisfying experience, both keeping hens and getting to know their personalities, as well as enjoying their glorious eggs. There is nothing more satisfying in our limited smallholder effort.
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Well done Jojo, nice to hear they have started to lay, as I said before it's just the time of year and the length of the day that get's their egg laying system going, our Matilda is six years old and we have had 11 eggs this year to date, not bad going for an old chuck.
As for the straw thing, don't worry about it, it's one of the things they do best.
Good luck and keep us informed of your progress.
well we have had 7 eggs in 9 days not bad, and both are laying as the eggs look different surprisingly the really big dark brown eggs are from the smaller one, the smaller lighter speckly eggs are from the large hen thats jumps in and out kicking everything out the hut every other day daft thing! Ive stopped putting straw in and just put shavings in as its a bit warmer at nigt now - cos it all just ends up on the floor outside and i have to clean up and throw it away every other day. Just a waste. But we do end up with wood shavings stuck to the eggs!! And one lays in a morning - one lays about 6pm and never both on the same day - they are both doing alternate days.
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