Originally Posted by MyHaven
I expected a teeny weeny too. The middle egg in the photo is about the same size as my only ever Silkie used to lay 40grams. The D'uccle eggs plural (because I got an identical one today) are a little bit smaller but not much. 29 and 30grams. And these are first eggs. Given the size of the hen they are huge. That's a large egg at the bottom I put there for perspective weighs 81grams.
Let me get this straight - Beatrice is in a run and coop? Withbantam who else? Mabel sleeps in a carrier, where does she run? Where do you collect her from to put her to bed and what time of day is it?
Beatice sleeps in the coop with the other bantams, Agnes and Esme. The larger chickens have their own temporary sleeping quarters in the shed until the new coops built, (there's airflow and it's clean) and they free-range all the time in the yard. The bantams coop (a small A frame kit one) is inside a run I've put together to allow them plenty of room to eat grass, and play, as the coops too small for them to roam around in comfortably. They come out every day twice for free ranging. For now, since she's new Mabel sleeps inside in the pet carrier to keep her separate and comfortable at night (it's all I had spare and secure), it's only until she joins the others in a week or so, then she'll sleep in the coop with them. I did have her in the wire run of the bantam coop briefly until I'd set up her own pen (and found the pet carrier) when I got her home. She's set up in a pen in the front yard to play during the day whilst the others are in the back. Bedtime now, is 5:30 since the suns setting sooner. I get the bantams to bed after cuddle time, as Bea gets super cranky if she doesn't get her cuddles. Mabel goes to bed right after them, as she takes such a long time to settle, but around the same time. The older girls put themselves to bed, thankfully. They're not as sooky.
So two runs/pen, one for the bantams, one for Mable. Three sleeping places, one coop for the bantams, one shed for the big girls, and inside in a pet carrier for Mable. We're still all over the place from the move, it took two weeks to move everything. The yard is fully fenced for the everyone. It seems a little over the place, but they have a routine. I'll soon get Mabel integrated and she'll learn her place in the flock, and have constant company so be less reliant on me for that. It helped Bea chill out eventually, being accepted into the flock, I've had her almost 3 months now, it should help Mabel behave in time. Hope that clears things up.
Telia, I don't pick Mabel up, don't need to lol, she jumps all over me. I can carry her like a parrot.
Edited by Fizzybelle - 4/9/16 at 7:40pm