The ladies have stopped laying.
This has come as no great shock to me, as their eggs were fewer and further between for several months, before stopping completely a little while ago. I thought they may have been taking a little break, and I also know they often stop laying with the shorter days, but to be honest, I think the egg laying part of their lives has come to an end...
Our lovely ladies, two chickens of some description and a silkie bantam, are a little over three years old now. They all laid fairy regularly, our bantam a little less so, but all good things do come to an end, and I think three years might be our end.
Fabulously luckily for me however, not all my eggs are in one basket, and I have a lovely supply of eggs from another (very generous) backyard chicken lover. And these eggs are HUGE! Much bigger than mine ever laid, and much more reliable too.
And the other silver lining to this egg white cloud, is that come spring, I get to herd the family out fancy chicken hunting.