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Eagledance

  • Joined May 2009
  • Fife
aaaargh
« on: September 01, 2009, 08:33:46 am »
It can't be time for my hens to stop laying yet can it? They are 1 year old black rocks - I thought they would keep laying )less regulalry) through the winter?
BUT yesterday from 3 hens I got 1 micro egg (I hen is just back from the brrody box so can excuse her) the egg was smaller than a bantam's - any one seen this before?

What's going on?

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Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
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Re: aaaargh
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2009, 09:21:18 am »
Weather?

doganjo

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Re: aaaargh
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2009, 11:24:55 am »
I have 9 hens and got 2 eggs yesterday, one of them broke when i carried it in - softish shell.  Only one the day before, haven't looked to day yet.  Just off out there now.
Always have been, always will be, a WYSIWYG - black is black, white is white - no grey in my life! But I'm mellowing in my old age

JD

  • Joined Nov 2008
  • Glasgow
Re: aaaargh
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2009, 01:35:54 pm »
I have gone from 3 to 1 egg a day from my three hens for the past week. Last night they went to bed before eight o'clock!
JD

jameslindsay

  • Joined Feb 2009
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Re: aaaargh
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2009, 01:40:01 pm »
My hens are all laying great just now its the ducks that are irregular.

doganjo

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Re: aaaargh
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2009, 03:15:09 pm »
I have no duck eggs at all
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shetlandpaul

  • Joined Oct 2008
Re: aaaargh
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2009, 04:29:16 pm »
maybe they are moulting one of mine is a tadge bald at the moment.

Roxy

  • Joined May 2009
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Re: aaaargh
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2009, 04:44:08 pm »
I have 60 free range hens, and over the last couple of weeks, the eggs have tailed off, some days we are lucky to get 6 eggs!!  Banties still laying well though.  Feathers just coming out on the hens, so it must be moulting time again.

Wellieboots

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Re: aaaargh
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2009, 04:52:20 pm »
If yer chooks are moulting then they can lay at the same time - energy is put into either or, not both. I've got 7 Black Rocks (down from 10!) and whilst they laid all through last winter they have all become broody this year (they are also a year or so old) & if you read the books, BK's are "supposed" to have been bred with the tendancy for broodiness bred out! Aye richt.

Grin & bear it I'm afraid. I've just had the first few eggs from the new lot this year, all the same age yet only 1 has a decent comb & wattle & has started to lay ottie tottie eggs just now!

Great for making quinells with ala chef stuff ;D

doganjo

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Re: aaaargh
« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2009, 04:55:28 pm »
What in heavens name are "ottie tottie " eggs? ???
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Wellieboots

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Re: aaaargh
« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2009, 04:57:43 pm »
wee small wans
ikkle little wans
pure died sma ones

Eggs that are rather on the smaller side than one would desire

Once they get into the "egg of it" then they'll get up to a suitable size :farmer:

doganjo

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Re: aaaargh
« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2009, 04:59:31 pm »
Ah, I see - the 'pure deid sma' makes sense - my father was Glaswegian.  What language is 'ottie tottie' ;D ;D ;D
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Wellieboots

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Re: aaaargh
« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2009, 05:04:28 pm »
For my sins I spent a year working in Bristol & "ottie tottie" was a well used phrase for small things...mind you they also say "aalwrite my sausage" & "aalwrite my luvver" when paying for stuff at Tesco, somewhat disconcerting (sp!) when all your after is a pint of milk! :P

little blue

  • Joined Jun 2009
  • Derbyshire
Re: aaaargh
« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2009, 08:40:44 pm »
My new boss is from Bristol and announced today they had "long Rs" Looks fine typed, but we're in deepest darkest Derbyshire, so we all looked at her rear, as she explained "like faarrrrm!"
(maybe you had to be there......)

I understood ottie tottie, p'raps Im not that northern
Little Blue

BlackRocks

  • Joined Jul 2009
  • Wokingham, Near Reading, Berkshire
Re: aaaargh
« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2009, 09:37:57 pm »
My 4 Black Rocks continue to lay fine - 1 egg each per day (apart from one who has been a bit poorly but seems on the mend so hopefully will start laying again any day now!). I am no expert, but I assume that as your hens are about a year old then the moult seems the most obvious reason for the tailing off of laying. If they are displaying the sighns of moult then I would assume that is what it is. Give them poultry spice and wait for them to recover. It must take an awful lot of energy to grow a new plumage, poor things! If no signs then maybe think again.

 

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