Nest Area

May 10th, 2009 .

As I have said before, I have been getting 2 eggs each day and having to throw one away. My girls like to sleep in the nest box and lay their eggs on the coop floor – it is fine when Meg does it but Victoria obviously hasn’t got the hang of it and seems to drop them from a great height causing them to crack on the hard wooden floor.

I have tried to fix this – first I thought they were laying there instead of the nest box because I had been blocking it off at night. I stopped blocking it off but unfortunately they now sleep in the nest box but refuse to lay there. As that didn’t fix it I decided to put a bit more bedding on the coop floor, but for some reason the girls have kicked it away before laying leaving an nice spot of bare wood to crack their eggs in.

My newest solution has been to make a nest area for them in the spot that they always lay in. I screwed two pieces of wood together into an ‘L’ shape and pushed it against the walls so that it forms a rectangle and will hopefully stop them from spreading the bedding around too much. I will let you know whether it works or not tomorrow!

The Small Egg

May 9th, 2009 .

A while ago I posted about what I thought was Daisy’s first egg (which actually turned out to be Victoria’s). Victoria had laid an egg already and I ate it that day. It was disappointing because as well as being very small, the yolk was disproportionately small compared to the white.

Today I finally got around to eating the really tiny second egg and it was really good – even though it was even smaller than the other one it was virtually all yolk and no white!


May 8th, 2009 .

I have had an egg each day off of two of my girls – the brown one and the grey one. The sad thing is that all of the eggs laid by my grey one have been wasted. She either drops the eggs on the coop floor or lays soft shelled eggs. It’s starting to get a bit frustrating now…

Yesterdays egg cracked when it hit the floor

Yesterdays egg cracked when it hit the floor

Todays egg had a soft shell

Today's egg had a soft shell

Soft Shelled Eggs

May 6th, 2009 .

This morning when I opened the coop up and let the girls out there were 2 very strange looking eggs on the coop floor. One of them was like a normal egg but a bit squashed looking, and the other was small and very pointy. When I picked them up they had soft shells. I was going to take a picture of them to show you but unfortunately they split open in my hand so I had to just put them in the bin.

I’m not too concerned about this – the fact that there were 2 of them makes me think that this is not a calcium deficiency, but that they were soft because whoever laid them laid 2 eggs in one go. I think it was the grey one that laid them.

I Have a Theory

May 5th, 2009 .

Ever since the girls have started laying I have had an egg each day off of the brown one and the grey one but no more off of Daisy. This makes me think that she never laid an egg in the first place. I think the grey one laid 2 eggs in her first day – one in the morning and one in the late afternoon. That would explain why her eggs were so small. Also, Daisy has just started to do the squatting thing when I approach her from behind. The fact that she wasn’t doing this already makes me think that she is not laying yet (but hopefully will be soon).

I got another broken egg today off of the floor of the coop – the grey one is still laying there. I decided to put a bit more bedding down on the coop floor to see if that can cushion the impact a little bit. It seems like such a waste to be throwing her eggs away…

I have also been asking for name suggestions for the brown on on the forums at Down the Lane. I am going to try and keep the thread going for a couple of days and then pick one of the suggestions.