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WOOT! I'm in the game now! Our silver dorkey Isabella laid her first egg today! Nothing has changed much, though we did just switch to pellet food from mash, and I've been making slow improvements over the past month. Also gave them an extra shot of oyster shell just recently. I'm impressed - I had understood that she was the least likely to lay during the winter. Isabella's almost 8 months old now. The others are 7 months, not yet laying, but now they have a role model. They all appear extremely interested in what's going on with their coop-mate.
My mottled houdan, buff orpington and one of my polish girls are all laying now. We're getting 3 eggs almost every day now so that's pretty cool. I think we should have a couple more laying soon. We are lighting our coop which seems to help but then our other coop (where we have 44 layers in Richmond) isn't lighted and we're getting 22 - 30 eggs a day from them which is pretty impressive for winter time. I guess some breeds are just better in the winter than others.
Congratulations James. Isabellas sisters have been laying for about a month. They put out 2 or 3 eggs a week. Lovely pale pink, and getting larger.
Actually the Dorkings are supposed to be pretty good layers with a consistent, albeit slower rate in the winter.
I think our Polish has also started to lay (she's the oldest) because we are starting to get small white eggs. Our 4th is a buff orpington, which hasn't produced any eggs yet. She's the youngest of our group.
The Colorado girls started laying on Saturday, December 11. (Well, I found 3 eggs in there that day, so they probably started Friday). They arrived here on October 30, and Rosie was molting then. So this is no comment on when young girls start laying, but my two at-least-one-year-old formerly daily egg layers both, took about a month and half after a 1000+ miles distance, 5000+ feet elevation move. :)