Sadly Stripey (the barred rock) died 😦 . We were all very sad and will miss her very much.
Happily though we have bought a new hen called Midnight. Midnight is a black rock and is very pretty. We think she is bottom of the pecking order ( the order of their strength) with Bluebell at the top and snowy in the middle.
A funny fact is that we had our first egg today last year – Monday the 18th September 2016.
Recently we have been getting twice as many eggs. We don't know whether it is because they are laying after we have collected or if they are laying twice a day every other day and then the next day they lay one egg or none.
Is it because they are only allowed in the run still and eating more food?
Yesterday we bought some fake eggs. We put them into the nesting box to teach the hens where to lay the eggs. By the night we bought the fake eggs the chickens had realised what they were, Stripey and Bluebell were sharing a nesting box and because it was so squishy Snowy went in her own nesting box so. At bed time they were all nesting on a plastic egg.