No, it wasn't - Pompom is doing very well, actually.
Re a rollaway nest-box or specs, no, I've got gone down either of those routes yet. I'm still at the 'moaning about it but still moving it down my list of priorities' stage. We're away this week; I am going to leave her with a hopper of grit and see what goes.
Although, having said that, I do actually have a spare rollaway insert that may fit in the next box without too much hassle - I will see if I can fit that up tomorrow. I really don't want to cull her if I possibly can at least get a few more chicks out of her, they are so rare.
It's contagious (I know ).
Once one starts the others will soon follow.
I'm having to collect eggs as often as possible at the moment.
I've constructed roll away inserts (Roll away inserts like this.) but one or two have sussed & are reaching in under to get the eggs.
As soon as I've got some spare cash it will be new pullets & chicken pies but till then I've no choice but to press on.
||Luckily I've got her penned as a pair - my other two hens are in with a silkie cockerel so I can try and track down the peculiar gene. It was a bit of a project anyway ... and much more so now|
I had moderate sucess with stopping egg eating with the 'filling the eggs' thing (- not with chilli sauce etc, they just loved that!). Tip from a US forum - fill the eggs with liquid soap - mine certainly didn't like that. But you still have to collect pretty sharpish, mine discovered the real eggs, but their enthusiasm for it did drop off as they kept getting the wrong ones.
I also did roll away nestboxes; saw my first 'snake necked chicken' soon after. I just couldn't believe how much they wanted to eat those eggs!
The liquid soap thing is probably worth a try before making into soup.
||Roll away egg boxes do work BUT they all want to lay in the same bloody box.|