We’d almost given up on middle and junior hen. Only senior hen has been laying, a steady four eggs a week. But this afternoon, the nestbox contained two eggs, and a quick look showed that junior hen has started egg production.
It’s a small start, literally. Senior hen’s egg, on the right, weighs 63 grams, which is fairly typical. Junior’s first egg of 2012 is a modest 44 grams, and is a rather elongated shape.
Still, maybe we’re on course to incubate some successfully. The duck eggs will be finished in 3 weeks’ time, so we’re planning another hatch beginning late April.