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My hens have started laying!

Posted: Tue Dec 24, 2019 10:45 pm
by dianefairhall
Well, one one of them has. I think it's Izzie the Bluebell as she looks a lot more mature than the other two, having full comb and wattles. The eggs are a beautiful glossy pinky brown. I didn't notice for a while as she's laying on the floor instead of in the nest box of the Eglu. How can I get her to lay where she should? At least she's not laying away.

Re: My hens have started laying!

Posted: Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:03 pm
by Marigold
Lovely' what great timing! Well worth the wait, and congratulations on your patience!

Re: My hens have started laying!

Posted: Wed Dec 25, 2019 8:59 pm
by bigyetiman
We had one that did that, once the others started laying in a nest box and getting very vocal over their amazing achievement, she soon started joining them in the laying boxes. Well done, it's such a great feeling

Re: My hens have started laying!

Posted: Sat Dec 28, 2019 7:46 pm
by dianefairhall
Another egg from Izzy! She is really treating us well. We had egg and chips last night, planning on scrambled egg on toast tonight now we have some bread. And possibly poached eggs tomorrow - we have some smoked haddock in the freezer!

Re: My hens have started laying!

Posted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:53 am
by Hen-Gen
Coincidence diane. I had hard boiled eggs and assorted bit of fish from my freezer in a potato bake last night. Mind you the Crunchy Nut Cornflakes for pudding was definitely down market.

Re: My hens have started laying!

Posted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:52 pm
by dianefairhall
Hen-Gen wrote:
Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:53 am
Mind you the Crunchy Nut Cornflakes for pudding was definitely down market.
My OH eats those. I don't have enough teeth left!

Re: My hens have started laying!

Posted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:12 pm
by dianefairhall
Another egg today! I've been weighing them and they are all around 60 grammes.

Re: My hens have started laying!

Posted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 8:21 am
by Marigold
That's quite a good weight for a young pullet. Thy often start at 40-50grams.

Re: My hens have started laying!

Posted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 8:01 pm
by dianefairhall
I was surprised that they felt so heavy when I picked them up so popped them on the scales. But they all look pretty identical in size and shape.

I gave the girls half a small tin of salt-free sweet corn the day before yesterday. They didn't seem much interested. When I gave them the second half of the tin they couldn't get it down fast enough.

Re: My hens have started laying!

Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 8:55 am
by Marigold
Just like children, learning new tastes. I've found that different batches of hens like or refuse to eat different things. Previous batches have loved shredded white cabbage, this lot won't touch it.