I've been late collecting egg the last couple of nights because it's too freakin' hot.
The day before yesterday, I found a peahen egg, and she was sitting on it. I left it there. Yesterday, as well as today, she seems to have no interest, whatsoever. Oh well, it's a little late in the season for peeps, anyway!
However, the cochins seem to be coming through their moult in record time. I'm back up to 4-5 eggs one day, 1 or 2 the next. and due to the great whacking to end all egg eating, I'm down to 6, 2 1/2 year old hens.
Yesterday, I went down to find all the waterers empty. I had just filled them the morning the day before. Have I mentioned that it's hot? Anyway, while filling them, I collected 2 eggs, and set them on the poultry pen trashcan lid. The gang was beginning to look for their nightly roosts, and through the shade cloth from inside the pen, I noticed one of the Cuckoo Maran pullets eying them... I dashed out to rescue them, and prevent her from getting started down the road that ends with decapitation.
So this evening, I went down, collected 4 eggs, and on my way out, spied this:
Since the 2 buffs and 1 Americana are going to Michelle, whenever I can get together with her, they will likely be laying hens at that point and no longer pullets! The other two buffs, an Australorp and a Maran are going to my sister in a week. She may have eggs sooner than she thinks, too!!
For comparison, here are the 4 eggs that I collected tonight (medium size, not large) and the newest, "practice" egg:
I'm going to have to order egg cartons - I'm all out after this 18 holer is full!!
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