Laying summary – August

September 1, 2009 § Leave a comment

Spring seems to have come early in Christchurch in 2009, and the chooks are getting into their laying stride too as the days lengthen. We had a total of 89 eggs from the girls this month, up from 50  in July, and only 2 eggless days. Notably, Venus came back into lay, and has been popping them out frequently and with relatively few weird eggs along the way. She’s laid 15 eggs since the 11th.

Neroli kept laying at a steady rate, keeping pace with her Aunty Lily on 20 eggs. That’s good going for both of them for winter time (Dorkings are supposed to be good winter layers). But nobody could match Poppy (a.k.a. the red nutter) who managed 25 eggs in the month, and picked up the Golden Cloaca Award for ‘layingest hen’ for the second month in a row.

Eggs - Aug09

A special mention should be made for Frida too – despite being laid up with recuperating from her broken leg she’s laid 9 eggs in the month. This is despite regular visits to the vet where all manner of uncomfortable things are done to her – x-rays, leg bandaging, removal of pins, etc. She stopped for a while, but has re-started now, and is laying good sized eggs.

Maybe spring proper will bring Claire and Ella back into lay – they’ve both been looking likely for a few days. Bessie might be a wee while yet, as she gets over moulting – she’s an old girl, so is allowed to take her time!

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