Mystery layer

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Charlie's Chickens

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Mystery layer
« on: January 21, 2012, 21:41 »
I have 6 girls, 2 who are now just over 3 years old and 4 that I have not long had and that have only just started to lay around October time.

I wouldn't normally be expecting my 'old' girls to lay over the winter, yet on 4 occasions over the last few weeks I have collected 5 eggs in a day. 

Is it possible that being surrounded by 'layers' that my one of my old girls has been encouraged into joining in???  :blink:
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Re: Mystery layer
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2012, 22:54 »
Are your old girls hybrids?  Although egg laying isn't as prolific when hybrids get older than 2 years old, they can still lay through the winter.

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Re: Mystery layer
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2012, 14:06 »
One is a white sussex, the other a blue maran. I am struggling to remember if I had any eggs from them last year  :unsure:

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Re: Mystery layer
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2012, 22:52 »
Do you know which egg is the mystery one?  What colour is it?

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Re: Mystery layer
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2012, 23:05 »
I've also got 6....2 (just) 3 year olds and 4 got last year.
The oldies both had a long period of soft eggs at different times and I assumed they were stopping. After getting the new ones my Bluebelle started laying alternate days and now my Magpie has finished her moult she is back laying every 2 days.
I reckon it's a pecking order thing and they've got to keep up with the youngsters!!! (Not really....just lucky I suppose.......) I can tell who's laying what because other than the 2 White Stars they are all different.

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Re: Mystery layer
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2012, 12:53 »
There seem to be 3 of them that all lay very similar coloured eggs so don't know that I am going to pinpoint who is the mystery layer.  To be honest I am grateful to have eggs through the winter.

Maybe I shouldn't have written of my old girls laying days just yet  :D



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