Went to release the Crettyard Crew this morning. Soo, Jules and Millie do their usual rush for freedom - no sign of Katie. Quick check on nest box and sure enough, there she is, giving me a “Do you mind!” look.
A bit later, pop out again to collect and find…
Which is very significant because it means Jules is now laying - so she’s definitely on the mend after all the trauma; going off lay is often the first sign of trouble with a hen. I had an inkling that a white egg the other day might have been hers (they’re brown egg layers under normal circumstances) but this confirms it. The one in the middle is definitely paler, so I’m sure that’s hers. The previous one had no noticeable pigment at all, so I she’s definitely heading back to what passes for normality round here.
Incidentally, none of the Crettyard Women - who arrived just before Christmas - showed any sign of laying before a few weeks ago. This is I believe fairly normal for hens that are relocated - Katie I did the same. So how was Josh planning to cover Trex’s immediate supply problems by rustling Neil’s hens?