This morning our third new girl was delivered. She is a gold pencilled wyandotte and is three months old. I have called her Autumn.
She will have to stay separate from the flock for at least a month as she needs to be on growers pellets and the laying girls need to be on layers pellets.
Mango laid her first egg this morning and Cloud has laid six eggs so far. Storm laid her first egg yesterday after her broody break of a couple of weeks. Sugar went broody yesterday after laying six eggs in eleven days.
This could be good timing because I could put Sugar in with Autumn to keep her company. Sugar won’t now lay again for about a month so could share growers. It would mean I wouldn’t have to close the nest boxes to keep her out which would be difficult with five girls now laying and it would also be difficult having her taking up one of the nest boxes. Also as she sits in the run such a lot of the time she probably wouldn’t hassle Autumn.
However I will leave Autumn on her own for a few days until she settles in and knows where the little coop is and gains confidence with the food and water dishes. It is just an idea and I will play it by ear for a bit.