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post #11 of 14
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It was the Australorp hen!   I had checked often yesterday, no eggs, no one on nest.  This morning, I went to let them out and there was the Australorp, Sheila, sitting on that nest!   I went out later with warm oatmeal, as it's 8º here this morning and I heard Sheila hop down from the nest. I opened the door to find  there was a warm, still wet egg.  I'm so pleased with my little Sheila  for resuming laying in winter.   I'll keep checking to see if/when  we might have more than one laying.  

post #12 of 14
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YAY!!! Today, a month later, on this cold snowy morning, the barred rock pullet (now 8 mo)  has laid her first egg!   The australorp hen took the less preferred nest.   The australorp has averaged 4 - 5 eggs a week, which was her normal output last summer.   

 

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Well, I don't know if anyone is still  following this story, but just in case, the SS pullet laid her first egg today!  Hers is the little one.  Interestingly, the BR pullet's eggs have all been fairly large, even her first.   The BA hen's eggs are biggest, and often have 2 pointy ends. Now we only await the RIR hen to start laying again....

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Congrats on getting eggs!

 

I have a 7 month old freeloading EE right now.

Was breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders. Not anymore thanks to a bobcat.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



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Was breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders. Not anymore thanks to a bobcat.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



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