I’m always writing about how fascinating it is watching our farm birds – chickens and guinea hens – doing their things around the yard. It’s like a little soap opera at times in how they interact with each other. I thought it would be fun to tell some of the little stories of things that go on.
I wrote over the summer about the “Never-Ending Easter Egg Hunt“, about how the free-ranging chickens had us hunting everywhere to figure out where they were laying their eggs, since it wasn’t in the nesting boxes in the coop where they are supposed to lay! Now with the cooler weather they seem to be using the nesting boxes more, but we still wonder if there are more out there somewhere. The newest girls have started laying, and at least one of them has taken pity on us always wandering around the yard hunting for hidden nests. She doesn’t want to lay her egg in the nesting boxes either, but instead of hiding them, she just lays them here, there, and everywhere. We’ve found them on the middle of the lawn, in the driveway, outside the chicken run, on the garage floor, in the middle of the coop floor, and even down under the apple trees. The funny thing is, I always see her in the nesting boxes, and on occasion she does lay it there. But most of the time I see her in the box, go back to check, and no egg. Then I look around the yard and find it!
We know it’s her because of the color of the egg and from observing things. It’s always a white egg we find. By the way, we are still not getting as many eggs as I think we should; but the older girls are molting, and along with the shortening days, that’s a big factor. Not all the new girls are laying yet, but they have at least picked up some of the slack.
No matter how it’s done, egg drop, egg hunt, or finding the eggs in the nesting boxes where they belong, I really find it a fun game, and enjoy this part of poultry farming!
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