Solstice egg

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by donrae, Dec 22, 2015.

  1. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    So I think my hens got together and decided to throw me a bone. Or maybe that axe leaning against the coop is starting to work? [​IMG] Yesterday, on the shortest day of the year, I got an egg. Shouldn't be a big deal, I've got dozens of birds. But am I getting eggs? Nope, not so much.

    I'm pretty sure it was my silkie that blessed me. She'd been in the brooder taking care of some foster chicks. I needed to put some younger babies in the brooder and she took exception to that. Her babies are old enough to be weaned, so they got to stay in the brooder with the littles and she got the boot back to the pen. I'd hoped for another egg today, but nothing.

    So, the days are only getting longer from here on out. Hopefully my hens get on the ball and start laying! My pullets that should be coming to point of lay still look immature and the rooster is still treating them as babies, not mates. Sigh. This year did not go as planned, I'd planned to have eggs all year long!
     
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  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Overrun With Chickens

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    Chickens luv music.. Get one of the following posters for the inside of coop.
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    Another thing that should work is STRATEGICALLY PLACED WEBER GRILLS , outside of run but in clear sight .
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I had some pullets first lay on Solstice my first year...but I was using lights.
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    No extra eggs for me yet. [​IMG] I have 45 ish birds, and 9 pullets and I'm getting 1 egg every other day from one of my olive eggers. Nothing from the pullets hatched Easter, they were laying but quit on me. Only 1 appears to be going through a minor molt around her neck and tail. Grrrr, I hatched them so I'd have eggs darnit!
     
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  6. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Overrun With Chickens

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    Could it be that your chickens are secretly part of a Labor Union and are trying to use leverage to get better feed ??? [​IMG]
     
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    They already get Flockraiser, sheesh, what more could they want?

    Maybe they want me to get rid of my extra males.[​IMG]
     
  8. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    A while back my older group decided to molt a little earlier than expected and my younger group hadn't come into full production, so we had a bit of a supply/demand disparity and I had to send a note out to my regulars that featured this picture alerting them that there would not be deliver the following week and that "negotiations are ongoing"
     
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  9. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm still waiting for my solstice egg........[​IMG]
     
  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Yeah, it was definitely "throw her a bone". Nada since. Freeloaders.
     

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