Any eggs yet?

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Any eggs yet?

Postby Diane » 27 Dec 2014, 14:45

I've been reading on tinterweb glowing reports of chicken folk finding eggs in their nest boxes - I haven't had any yet (yes, I know it's really too early, but you never know :roll: )

Any nest box surprises out there?

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Re: Any eggs yet?

Postby Moriarty » 27 Dec 2014, 14:54

mine have decided the nest boxes are waaaay more comfortable to sleep - and hence poo - in. So I'm finding things, but nothing you really want to touch with your hands and cook! But have just acquired three new hens from the farm at the top of the road and getting one egg a day so obviously one of them has worked out what to do!
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Re: Any eggs yet?

Postby CP » 28 Dec 2014, 01:48

We've had the odd day without any at all, but ours have given us just about enough eggs for ourselves throughout the winter, so far.
Usually only 1 or 2 a day but today we had 4! \:D/
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Re: Any eggs yet?

Postby EssexLady » 02 Jan 2015, 18:22

We have 2 light sussex, a speckeldy and a bluebell - the'ye not stopped laying all winter; still getting 3/4 eggs every day. I kept expecting a slow down/stop towards the winter solstice but they're happy little layers!

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Re: Any eggs yet?

Postby Hen-Gen » 02 Jan 2015, 21:29

Their general rule is as follows. And having lived in both England and Scotland it applies no matter how far north you go.
a) Pullets hatched Jan- Apr last year come into lay in Sept-Oct and lay right through the winter, spring and next summer until they stop when the moult begins.
b) Pullets hatched later than May tend not to lay in their first winter but begin in February.
c) older birds tend to stop laying when the moult begins and then restart in February.

This is a generalisation though. Very productive hybrid strains may lay well in subsequent winters. Conversely low production or late maturing breeds, eg Brahmas, may be less productive than the norm.
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Re: Any eggs yet?

Postby jillychick » 02 Jan 2015, 21:35

my eggs are on the up as each individual hen recovers from the moult. we got 8 today! the least we have had is 2, im not sure if the may hatched pullet is laying yet though? #-o
1 very lovely Golden Retriever 2 Dutch Rabbits ( belonging to my grandson ) no snobs in my bunch of hens 2 Ambers. 1Black Tail 2 Copper marans. 4 White Leghorns 1 Gold Top constantly broody! Nugget the cockerel and his sister petal
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Re: Any eggs yet?

Postby organic chick » 03 Jan 2015, 16:24

Same here as they recover from moult production is increasing. They same to be taking it in turns to moult.
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Re: Any eggs yet?

Postby jillychick » 03 Jan 2015, 17:09

Yes it's funny how they all do it in different stages. The broody is laying again so it won't be long before she's sitting again. She was broody constantly last year! Here we go again lol
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Oh and a very lovely husband who puts up with my pets because he loves me very much.

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Re: Any eggs yet?

Postby PixieDust » 05 Jan 2015, 18:57

Allegedly, my pullets were 18 weeks in November, so they were hatched end of July/beginning of August. I know the Bluebell, (Pixie), is laying. Her's are generally tinged a little with pink and I have opened the next box to find her there and minutes later an egg, when she moves. I found the Light Sussex in the nest box last night when I went to lock them up. She moved and I had a very warm ordinary coloured egg with a few speckles on. She has also laid a sort of dark mustard coloured one. I have no idea if the Columbine is laying. Nothing either greeny nor bluey. We are getting one or two eggs a day - talking of the Solstice, we had 2 on that day!
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Re: Any eggs yet?

Postby jillychick » 05 Jan 2015, 19:04

:grin: Whoops whoop we got 10 today well done my lovely ladies we have a waiting list to fill
1 very lovely Golden Retriever 2 Dutch Rabbits ( belonging to my grandson ) no snobs in my bunch of hens 2 Ambers. 1Black Tail 2 Copper marans. 4 White Leghorns 1 Gold Top constantly broody! Nugget the cockerel and his sister petal
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Re: Any eggs yet?

Postby drfish » 07 Jan 2015, 13:21

My 2 newest additions from last easters hatch have just started laying. No news in other chicken bottoms though. Ducks are still banging one a day each out.
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Re: Any eggs yet?

Postby jillychick » 07 Jan 2015, 15:53

My pullet laid her first egg yesterday bless her, not many 2day though back to 6! flaming weather grrrr
1 very lovely Golden Retriever 2 Dutch Rabbits ( belonging to my grandson ) no snobs in my bunch of hens 2 Ambers. 1Black Tail 2 Copper marans. 4 White Leghorns 1 Gold Top constantly broody! Nugget the cockerel and his sister petal
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Re: Any eggs yet?

Postby crazypianolady » 12 Jan 2015, 19:38

Today, OH has found two hen eggs in a nest box! :grin: :lol: We've only been getting a couple of bantam eggs a week for the last three months! Soon be time to make lemon curd........................ :bounce:
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