Laying summary – June 2013

July 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

From drought to flood. Not just the weather (although that too) but the supply of eggs. Chart time:

Eggs June 2013

As you can see, things began with a trickle. Adelaide began the month in lay, but then went into a(nother) moult, and laid nothing more after her egg on June 3rd. But that was ok – Charlotte laid her first egg on June 4th, and was joined by Saffy on the 10th. Then mid-month, Neroli laid an actual egg with an actual shell (followed by mashed membrane-only eggs on the 15th and 26th, an unusually large (68 g) good egg on the 17th, and a couple of phantom eggs on the 19th & 20th). Her talley of intact eggs for the month was only 4, but considering we were seriously considering giving her a hysterectomy a year ago, we’ll take it. (“Giving” feels like an incorrect verb here …)

Erica also laid four eggs (June 18th, 19th, 21st and 22nd) before stopping – no apparent reason, so we’ll put that down to “just because”. Possibly boredom. Or maybe too much excitement resulting from the girls being moved back into the orchard and having the boys added to the flock? Or maybe just because we had a period of horrendous weather that week, with torrential rain (something like 200 mm over the course of a couple of days), on top of already sodden ground, and accompanied by freezing cold. Whatever the cause, she stopped. But that’s ok, because three others leaped in to the breach: Dorothy on the 19th, Holly on the 22nd, and Olivia on the 24th.

But there can be only one winner, and the top layer for the month of June 2013 is … Saffy, with 14 eggs! Yay! Second was Charlotte with a neat dozen, and third was shared by the stripey sisters, Dorothy and Holly, with 7 eggs each.

It’s raining eggs!

Saffy, 5 June 2013 Charlotte, 5 July 2013 Holly, not ready for her close-up, 5 July 2013 Dorothy, 5 July 2013

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