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  1. Miss Piggy
    March 2, 2012

    I wonder if she meant it’s been 6 weeks since they last laid? Leaving a fake egg in the box is actaully a good idea…helps the chickens nest & lay.

    • Kyrstie
      March 2, 2012

      Hi Miss Piggy, I am so excited to have you read my post! They would have just hatched themselves at that time. They are still quite young. I think she just said the wrong thing and I just blindly went along with it…Oh well eggs in winter will be lovely and they are a nice addition the our yard and life in the meantime.

  2. Tricia
    March 2, 2012

    I’m guessing you would be feeding them the gourmet scraps even if they never laid. We haven’t been able to eat our chooks eggs for almost two years since learning that our yard is contaminated with lead. I still spoil the chickens rotten. I love watching them scratch around the garden.

    • Kyrstie
      March 4, 2012

      You are right Tricia I would :)

  3. Helen M
    March 8, 2012

    this made me chuckle – but never a bad thing to spoil your chickens. And getting them early means they are more likely to take to family life and cuddly kids!
    but be aware, being purebreds, that they may not lay all through winter if it gets too cold – depends on the breed. Some people say giving them hot mash helps – I tend to make a bit extra porrige on a cold winters day and give them that – they love it! And if they are free-ranging a bit every day they should be fine with whatever scraps you have (as long as you are also feeding them either grains or a commercial pellet/crumble mix?) Let some weeds build up and they can eat them in winter. Warrigal greens are great too for when there aren’t many other greens to feed them.
    have fun! you are going to love those first few eggs after all this anticipation :-) And also be aware that the first few eggs can be very small (and funny shapes) till they get the hang of it.

    • Kyrstie
      March 8, 2012

      Thanks for all of the great information Helen. Do you make your porrige with milk or water? I have wondered if it is wise to give them the children’s cereal scraps (they have with milk). We do feed the girl a pellet mix as well as bread ends, scraps and they free range probably 5 out of the 7 days in the week. Thanks again, it is great to hear from someone who has experience. I will be sure to celebrate the first eggs with pictures on the blog :) I can’t wait to see the face of my 4 year old when he finds the first one. Kyrstie

  4. poultrymatters
    April 11, 2012

    I hope you get some eggs as early as possible. Home grown eggs are the only way I like them. I don’t know whether I should mention this bus it looks like one of the chickens is part silkie. They don’t lay as many eggs as a commercial layer or even a purebreed. Silkies tend to lay for a period of time and then go broody. They don’t lay when they are broody. They make lovely pets though.

  5. Michael
    March 10, 2013

    An interesting look at a personal experience of raising chickens. I have some information about the topic at
    http://www.egglayinghens.com/reasons-hens-not-laying-eggs/
    if anybody’s interested

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