Here's a few pics. from yesterday....for no particular reason other than I am up very early The first marks the end of laying for one of my hens...I think it is Hufen who has not laid for a while.
Next Frankie and Moel still wandering free in the sheep shed.Frankie is now 1 month old and is very big, but note that he only has a few permanent wing feathers showing that he has a double dose of the late-feathering gene.
Lastly Mrs Grey with two eggs which showed viable embryos a few days back.. I didn't see any real movement on the last time I candled them, but they were filling most of the space, so this may be the cause. She is just happily sitting in a cardboard box in the sheep shed, has regular visits from the rest of the flock, the two cats, the dog and many sparrows. She didn't get up yesterday and I think that was day 18, so there MAY be chicks at the weekend if they are still alive. Note her most uncomfortable way of brooding with her legs splayed out at the sides.
She's a huge hen and the perfect broody, but is 9 now, so this may be her Swan Song with regards to babies (or should that be her Chicken Song?)She sits there peacefully and waits to be hand fed and water to be offered to her now she has gone on to 'lock down', but clucks very loudly when I'm offering Moel and Frankie food to make sure she isn't forgotten.