>Graham, the Chook Guy, had told me that Ethel’d probably start nesting around October / November and he’s a man who knows his chickens
… apparently the demise of her beloved wouldn’t be enough to interfere with the demands of Mother Nature
Sure enough, a little gentle sleuthing uncovered her secret …
Ms Ethel’s been a busy girlie
So far she’s laid ten.
These eggs are infertile because of Fred’s premature demise, so I have [almost] no qualms about eating them and the other three are currently sitting in my fridge.
Apparently, so long as I leave her a few, she’ll keep laying at the rate of one a day for the next month or so