Yesterday I gave the girls some mash so that I could get a couple of group photos.
I washed both Salmon and Sugar’s bottoms on Monday. I bought them into the bathroom one at a time and stood them in a washing up bowl. I cleaned them and dried them and they now both have clean fluffy bottoms. They have stayed that way since.
Salmon has bounced back to normal with no more sitting in the run so I don’t know what was the problem with her but for now it seems to have passed.
Sugar laid her three mini eggs over seven days and then went broody. It had been six weeks since she had previously laid her first seven eggs of the year. This time I decided that the best thing for her was to break her out of it straight away. I put her in the broody crate overnight and closed the nest boxes in between the girls laying during the day while moving sugar to the broody crate while they laid. With only Dot, Gold and Storm laying it hasn’t been difficult to do this.
After three nights in the broody crate sugar is over it. She is still sitting in the run a lot of the time but in between seems normal and is speedy to the treats. Only time will tell how she goes on. It’s usually a couple of weeks before she starts laying again so we will just have to wait and see what she lays next time.