just a quick couple of questions I couldn't find answers to searching the forums...
My Rhode Rock started laying recently and I wondered what to expect. She's doing well and has laid the following:
Saturday - 55g
Monday - 59g
Tuesday - 62g
Thursday - 66g
Thing is every other egg is a beautiful pinky-brown and completely plain but the first and third were slightly more brown than pink and covered in speckles... Could I have 2 hens laying? The other closest to being PoL is a warren and both crouch when I stroke them. As these are the first 4 how much bigger am I expecting them to get?
Secondly I've noticed the smallest and youngest of our girls (a Skyline) is still getting a little picked on. She doesn't show any signs of stress or feather pulling and eats ok but if there are treats about and she's nearby the two lead hens will peck at her face until she runs to the other side of the garden.
I'd read that once established they'd established the pecking order the top hen would look out and make sure the others were fed but she's just being really greedy and eats all the treats herself and pecks anyone who comes near her. Question is, is this just temporary or am I going to need to separate her so others get some of the tasties. I've tried feeding in 2 places but she'll attack the hens eating until they've all stopped to watch her chow down!
Sorry for all the queries but Google hasn't come through and the forum discussions I've found are about which breeds give speckles etc.