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Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
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Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 17 9:22 am    Post subject: Eggs  Reply with quote    

I have such clever chickens... the old dears have started laying again and I have had 3 eggs from Roadrunner (our turkey).

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
Posts: 14729
Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 17 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My new pullets are just starting up. Hurrah for (nearly) spring.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
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Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 17 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Always so satisfying.

Bodger



Joined: 23 May 2006
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 17 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My two setts of geese have both made nests, I don't think it will be long before they lay.
My older hens and pullets are laying but after being kept in for a couple of months, the yolks have gone very pale.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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Location: yes
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 17 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

with them being in are they getting an increasing day length from either windows or keeping the lights on a bit longer each day?

i'm curious about how much difference lighting makes to the timing of the spring lay

(and thinking whether the winter egg strike could be avoided entirely with a small domestic flock)

Bodger



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 17 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My geese have laid their first egg of the season today and its a whopper too. :chufted: That's pretty early I reckon.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
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Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 17 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Very early. When we had geese, they normally only started laying mid to late Feb.

Woodburner



Joined: 28 Apr 2006
Posts: 2904
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 17 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bodger wrote:
My two setts of geese have both made nests, I don't think it will be long before they lay.
My older hens and pullets are laying but after being kept in for a couple of months, the yolks have gone very pale.


If you feed them mash, try mixing in some chopped alfalfa. (No point with pellets or grain, it just goes to the bottom and gets left.)

Bodger



Joined: 23 May 2006
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 17 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sod that, the eggs taste just the same.

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