That's what I assume from the dearth of eggs and the gobs of feathers blowing around on the ground, anyway. We're only getting 4 or 5 eggs a day from our 14 hens - mostly from the 5 Buff Orpington's. It looks like the Araucana chickens are the ones most off their production.
It has been rainy and it is getting a bit darker earlier, so that probably has something to do with it. About half the chickens just hit their first birthday, and the other half are 18 months, so that might have something to do with it. I will have to start chicks again this Spring.
Minnie the ewe is looming large and laying around looking like she is approaching imminent labor, but she's got at least 4-5 weeks left. I think she is just a whiner. I was pretty much a whiner at the end of each of my pregnancies - especially the one where the baby was 10 lbs 10 oz....boy, was I cranky when that one went over a week overdue! I sympathize with Minnie. She was a terrible mother the first time around; she left one of her twins behind several times and my husband had to carry the lamb out to the back of the pasture several times. She was only a yearling, so we'll have to see how it goes this year before making any decisions. She looks to be carrying twins again.
The alternate pouring rain and rather gloomy skies mean the garden is growing slowly - except for the turnips; they are growing gang busters. I haven't been able to do much out there because of time issues and now this stupid back thing. I was feeling a lot better last night, but I must of overdone it, because today, I am aching again. This is getting annoying.