leahsmom, I'm going to follow your bee experience closely!
Busy spring - building the hooop coop, the quail are calling and starting to mature, so there is a little chasing going on. Have to get some optional quarters so they can separate if they like. They have been ranging a bit father each time I let them out, but soon go scurrying back to their run. The wild world frightens them.
One of the buff orps who is just about a year old, a hatchery hen I took in when the owner didn't want to overwinter the tiny flocok - has repro problems. In the 4 months I've had her, she has been in sick bay twice - sort of generally not feeling well. Both times, after 4-5 days, she was ready to rejoin the flock. Today she was doing the telltale standing still by her self thing and I thought oh-oh, here we go again. Watched her and she was straining hard, and finally laid an egg (standing in the run). When I went to shut the coop up, she was still out under the coop and had just laid a rubber egg. Wish there was something I could do for her, but I figure it will be another few days in sick bay and then either she will be better or be culled.
I have two broodies setting - today one had kicked an egg out of the nest to the other end of her quarters, and another egg totally disappeared. I think it may have broken since it looked like one egg in the nest had yolk on it - didn't get a good look. Hatch day is april 30.
@armorfirelady , I can't remember if you put a roof brace on your hoop coop or not?