I really was wondering if Annie would ever lay again, having stopped for her annual moult about six weeks ago. In her first season, she often laid soft-shelled eggs, indicating a problem with her ability to form them. (It is also a sign of calcium deficiency, but with scratch mix always available and Lizzie's eggs always fine, I knew this was not our problem.) Lizzie has been laying daily for the last two weeks; before that, every second day for about a fortnight. On Friday, however, we found this:
Annie lays long chalk-white eggs that are noticeably smaller than Lizzie's. She has laid two so far, with a rest-day in between. I'm hoping that another egg will appear tomorrow.
I bought organic eggs during the moult, but I have to tell you that they still aren't as nice as a fresh, home-grown egg, even though the yolk is a better colour than you get with battery eggs.