Laying summary – March 2012

April 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

And now we’re into the lean months, egg-wise. Moulting, motherhood and mucking-about, mainly. We had our first eggless day on the 10th, then again on the 21st, the 24th, the 28th and the 29th. Sigh!

As you can see, Erica managed to retain her Golden Cloaca status, with 18 eggs for the month. Holly and Gabby tied for second place with 14 each. They are all starting to look quite tattered in the feather department, so I think they’re about to start moulting. As she was last year, Lily looks like being last to finish, which is fine by us.

   

And the sharp-eyed among you will have noticed a new colour appearing on the graph: yes, Miss Imogen has finally started laying! She’s been fussing and groaning and bitching for a couple of weeks, and I almost missed the first egg. But there it was: a teeny weeny 30g egg, laid on the 30th of the month.

Actually she passed (rather than laid – an Involuntary Overnight Emission) a shellless egg which I found when I mucked them out on the morning of the 27th. (Weighable too – 24g, membrane, yolk and white.) The amusing thing is how Davy’s behaving – he goes in to the house and makes “I’ve got an egg, egg eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeg, gotta lay an eeeeeeeeeeeeegggggg!” noises, followed by his “calling my flock” (aka “hen calling chicks to a treat”) song, until she toddles up the ramp to join him in the house. Very cute, but a bit odd.

 

But if he can sing an egg from a Dorking pullet with less than the usual drama, he’s got a place in our flock!

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