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AyeAyeMagpie

Suddenly getting lots of eggs!

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So, I'm still very new this keeping chickens thing but I'm pretty certain that it's unusual for chickens to come into lay at the darkest time of year. Just over a week ago one of my Marans and a Silkie started laying, having never done so before. I was expecting them to wait until the longer days started to kick in so I'm a bit surprised. My other Silkie, which was already laying but had gone quiet for a few weeks has started laying regularly again too. I've got about a dozen unexpected eggs in my kitchen now! :)

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It’s the rise in temperature I think.  It’ll stop now the cold weather has returned I’d guess. Make the most of them! 

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I have 3 out of 9 laying too - all youngsters and one of them came into lay on the shortest day. I was talking to some friends yesterday who keep hybrids and they both said they’re getting more eggs too than they normally would at this time of year. I always thought egg laying was related to daylight hours but I guess it’s not that simple and that you’re right Patricia and that’s it’s to do with temperature.

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No eggs here so far, but I did once get an egg on New Years day. 

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Shirley seems to be slowing down this week. The Dutch girl isn’t though and neither is Cam the Campine - I found her laying behind the shrubs under the kitchen window when she’d escaped yesterday. I actually watched her collecting dry leaves to line her nest - it was lovely.

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One of my hybrids used to lay on the coir back door mat if the nest box was full - that’s what I call service 😉. Another used to lay under a shrub and I had to retrieve eggs with a rake 

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