Egg laying and a slow worm on the path

I think both bigger girls have finished laying for this season. Flame definitely has as she last laid a week ago. Last year she stopped half way through November.

Ebony laid her last egg three days ago but had been laying every other day so I am less certain with her as yet. Last year she stopped half way through October.

It hasn’t been such a good summer this year which is probably why they have stopped earlier.

Smoke on the other hand started laying again a week ago after three weeks of not laying and has now laid four eggs since then.

Sugar has laid her first egg today after four weeks of not laying. I suspected that as Sugar has turned out to be a serial broody like Smoke that she would also continue to lay through winter between broody spells.

We have switched from only the two bigger girls laying to two little girls laying. At least Smoke and Sugar are both laying together so we will still get a few eggs.

Yesterday I saw a slow worm on the path. It was small and thin so I think it is one of this year’s young ones. It stayed long enough for me to get my camera.

Slow worm on the path
With my fingers to show it’s size

I love the fact that we see some young ones every year. They are breeding and thriving in our garden.

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6 Responses to Egg laying and a slow worm on the path

  1. marion.pharo says:

    So nice to have these Slowworms in the garden.

  2. David says:

    I HOPE YOU CONTINUE TO GET SOME EGGS FOR YOUR WEEKEND BREAKFASTS! We were away Mon – Fri last week; on Sunday, I collect 7 eggs but my father, here to look after the girls, had only 2 on one day and one only the other days. A single egg only since we’ve been home. The season is well and truly over, but it is good for them to have a rest. Even some undergoing their first moult seem really drained; Pavlova and Tubby have both died – at their advanced age, the energy needed to replace feathers just could not materialise.

    • Carol says:

      Ebony has just laid so she hasn’t quite finished yet. Usually Ebony stops before Flame so she is doing well this year. I am hopeful that there will at least be enough for the weekend breakfasts. I am so sorry that you lost two of your old girls. The only consolation is that reached an advanced age.

  3. sophie says:

    Aw miss seeing slow worms. In our old house my cat used to regularly bring them in the house but never hurt them! xx

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