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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 11:49 pm 
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 12:15 am 
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My hens seem to be mostly moulting at present, a few laying but a bit sporadic. What I'd like to do is give them all a break - is there a way of encouraging this - like remove nest boxes, or change pens around, or change feed to something more good maintenance but less layer-encouraging type??

Not planning to sell eggs over the winter, and don't need them for ourselves. The seven young Runner-Cross ducks have started laying well which I hadn't expected until after winter: so their eggs are more than enough for us. (And no I can't tell the difference eating hen or duck eggs, they taste the same to me, eggz is eggz).

Bronze I would never get the chance to stand on an egg - the clever dog catches them before they hit the ground, and he knows when I have three in each hand and try to close the pen door that I'll drop one.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 11:56 pm 
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One from 35 girls - I stood on it


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 12:21 am 
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PC I think that the only way to give them a break is to seperate the ones who are still laying and induce a moult. Then up their nutrition again to boost condition. They will probably then not recommence laying until the days begin to get longer.


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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 10:19 pm 
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I have 3 x younger RIR that I bought at Xmas at 6 weeks old

I was surprised to see these younger RIR start laying late April. I thought they would start after June when the sun light increased - but two out of the three are now laying well.

I am getting two eggs most days from them - perhaps the least mature RIR will start later (not worried at all).

The Barters are laying most day's as well...... so I have eggs a plently! Able to give my neighbours some eggs so they can enjoy the egg laying songs that are here each morning.

Love these chooks - so entertaining!
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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2015 2:17 pm 
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3!! out of about 25 females (various ages but most only pullets)


That is now about a dozen in the last week.

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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2015 3:46 pm 
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First one after moult from my wyandotte

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2 eggs from 20 , both pullets who just begun laying.


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1 egg from 30.
So who said Croad Langshans are excellent winter layers?

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