Thursday, 31 July 2014
Once it turned cold our champion egg layer Roseanna stopped laying. She went through a broody stage, then she started to shed feathers. After a bit of online research I learnt that egg production can cease with declining day lengths. This bit of info here also made perfect sense -
"Molting and egg production are not mutually compatible, so when molting occurs, egg production ceases. A rest from egg laying allows the hen to restore its plumage condition by shedding old feathers and growing new ones. At the same time, the hen’s reproductive tract is rejuvenated, allowing it to increase its rate of egg production and produce higher quality eggs when it returns to lay. Under natural day lengths, molting tends to coincide with the change in season so that hens molt in the fall after they cease egg production due to declining day lengths".
Then in the weekend there was talk of Sunday Roasts if the chickens were not going to be productive............they must of heard because Monday while I was feeding them and changing their water I noticed a kind of grass hut under one of the peach trees and inside hiding sat two eggs. I noticed later that day that Roseanna was sitting in there.
She has laid previously under the Asparagus plant but it is looking a little bare so she has found a cosier spot I think for the cooler months.
Betty our older one does not lay and the two younger ones are almost near the age where they will start to give us eggs.
So if there is talk again about turning my girls into Sunday Roasts I may have to start "planting" eggs to keep the troops happy! Wink!