The day before yesterday I found what I thought was Sugar’s first egg of the year but I hadn’t actually caught her in the nest box so I decided to wait a few days to be sure.
The reason I thought it was Sugar’s was that she had briefly been in the nest box the day before, she had also been in the grit and it was the same time of year she started laying last year whereas Salmon and Spangle started later.
On the same day Flame also laid. Flame is laying every other day and Sugar usually lays every other day too so I decided to wait until today to be sure.
Sure enough Sugar settled in the same nest box today and Flame as usual settled in the corner of the chicken shed.
When I checked a little later both Sugar and Flame had laid their eggs.
On the left is Sugar’s egg laid today and next Sugar’s egg laid the day before yesterday. Next is flame’s egg laid today followed by Flame’s egg from the day before yesterday. On the right is a medium shop bought egg. Well done Sugar.
Meanwhile Gold will squat if I hover my hand over her so I think she is getting ready to lay soon too. I tried to take a photo but it’s quite difficult to hover over her with one hand and click the camera at the same time with the other hand. Not perfect photos but they show the gist of it.
I am thinking that Gold is older than I thought she was as they usually start laying at around six months.
At this rate quite a few of the girls will beat Spot to laying. After a few false alarms Spot seems to have given up for the moment. Not to worry though as they will all start laying eventually.
Top photo of gold is lovely
It is lovely the way she looks up at me. She is such a friendly girl.
She’s a beautiful girl! xx
She is! xx
Well done Sugar and Flame.
And both Gold and Snowflake found their own way in last night and were on the back perch with the rest of the girls. Storm was on the edge of the nest box nearest the pop hole so I put her in, but two out of three is brilliant.
Great news about Sugar and Gold (and Spot) will not be far behind!
You are right, it’s that time of year and they will all get started soon. In other news, Gold and Snowflake got themselves in and perched on the back perch with the rest of the flock again tonight so they are sorted. Storm was again on the edge of the nest box closest to the pop hole. I put her in front of the pop hole and she went in and perched on the back perch too for the first time herself so I think we are just about there now.