I have to begin this week’s post with some unfortunate news. For those of you who know my wife, I would ask that you not talk about this around her. She is still taking it a bit rough. We lost our first hen last week. Snow White had become egg bound, and to make a long story short, she died from it. Believe me, there is more to it, which is why my wife is not keen on discussing it, but it ws a good lesson for us. In the future any hen who gets egg bound more than a couple of times in their first year of laying will be removed from the flock. It seems this is a strong sign that there is something physically wrong with the hen, which ended up being the problem with Snow White. This is why I want to add one or two birds a year to the flock though.
Speaking of new birds, the Welsummers are coming along nicely, and they are spending most of their days outside now except when the weather is bad. They are loving it. We still haven’t mixed them in with the rest of the flock yet, as we are wanting them to grow some more first. In fact, I hope to make a make-shift small henhouse for them today so they can stay outside more, but still in their own cage.
Egg-laying is coming along nicely, and even with the reduction of one laying bird, we are still keeping up with our typical totals of 49 eggs per week or 5.44 eggs per bird per week. I can’t wait to see that number go up when the Welsummers start laying.
Speaking of the Welsummers, how about a picture?
Aren’t they getting big? It seems we bought them around the first of March, so they are nearing eight weeks old. Lately they have been trying to establish their pecking order – it is almost like watching a bunch of teenage boys. 😀