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My hens have started laying!

Post by dianefairhall » Tue Dec 24, 2019 10:45 pm

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.
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Re: My hens have started laying!

Post by Marigold » Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:03 pm

Lovely' what great timing! Well worth the wait, and congratulations on your patience!
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Re: My hens have started laying!

Post by bigyetiman » Wed Dec 25, 2019 8:59 pm

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
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Re: My hens have started laying!

Post by dianefairhall » Sat Dec 28, 2019 7:46 pm

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!
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Re: My hens have started laying!

Post by Hen-Gen » Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:53 am

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.
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Re: My hens have started laying!

Post by dianefairhall » Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:52 pm

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!
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Re: My hens have started laying!

Post by dianefairhall » Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:12 pm

Another egg today! I've been weighing them and they are all around 60 grammes.
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Re: My hens have started laying!

Post by Marigold » Tue Dec 31, 2019 8:21 am

That's quite a good weight for a young pullet. Thy often start at 40-50grams.
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Re: My hens have started laying!

Post by dianefairhall » Tue Dec 31, 2019 8:01 pm

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.
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Re: My hens have started laying!

Post by Marigold » Wed Jan 01, 2020 8:55 am

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.
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