I am so happy my girls have started laying again! I have had a little flock of 4-6 ameracaunas for the past 6 years. I only have 3 left now, 2 of whom are six years old and one being two years old. Egg laying is somewhat seasonal, being related to hours of daylight. Although my chickens used to lay year round when they were younger, the number of eggs would decrease during the dark of the winter. As the chickens have aged, their laying has decreased even during the summer (when they were young I would get 30+ eggs a week from 4 hens, this past summer I got around 15 a week at peak laying from the 4 old hens).
|Gwynno and Esther|
This past fall they started molting in November and quit laying altogether, but two weeks ago they started back up -- not many, but it's nice to have my own fresh eggs again.
You can't tell in the photo very well, but my eggs are blue and green. One of our projects this spring will be to rebuild the coop and fence off an area for the chickens so they don't rampage over the whole back yard. And hopefully I'll be able to find a couple of pullets to add to the flock. I really don't want to start with chicks again, as they are a bit of work and we go on vacation right in the middle of prime chick time.
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