Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Three of the six Welsummer pullets that hatched on 19th April this year have come into lay. Becky, one of the three I have chosen to join the laying flock laid first - on 2nd October at 24 weeks. She has laid every day since, bar one. However the day after she missed she laid two eggs, a normal one and a soft shelled one. She appears to have the makings of a good layer, already the eggs are a good size. She is also very friendly.
On the 17th October a pullet from the birds I rejected and am rearing for the pot laid. Typically her eggs are the most gorgeous dark brown. Even though I am tempted to keep her I can't, she has severely bent outer toes on both feet. A result I understand from the brooder floor being too hot, this could well be the case as she was the first to hatch and stayed the longest in the incubator. A lesson learnt for next year !
Today a second pullet from the chosen layers laid her first egg - 3 weeks after Becky, hopefully she will be as reliable a layer as Becky.
A Speckled Sussex from the same hatch has also come into lay, but in 7 days has only laid 2 eggs. She was one I was going to keep as a breeding bird for the meat flock, hopefully by the Spring she will be a little more productive.