The chickens at the Brittany holiday cottage with private heated swimming pool have started laying eggs last weekend, I'm not sure which hen is laying but I'm sure the other will start laying soon also.
After 4 days away from all the other birds I tried allowing the other birds access to the new baby duckling. The hens went into its enclosure and totally ignored it but as soon as the resident duck Lilly got close the aggression started again.
I separated the duckling and will leave it for at least a week extra now before reintroducing it. Its eating well and its looking less shabby already.
Looking forward to seeing the delight on the faces of the next lot of children staying at La Forge holiday cottage when they find the eggs in the morning.