Friday, December 29, 2006

Here a Hen, There a Hen, Everywhere a Hen Hen



My new layers this year were very late in starting to lay eggs. They are wonderful foragers though and truly free range all around our property. They go in the woods, they cover the garden area, they even make it to my front yard. They are in the goat pasture, the sheep pasture, and down by the pond. I was told that since they started to lay so late this year that I should not expect many eggs through the winter from them. They are laying very well. However, I wonder how many eggs are being layed in obscure places that I have not found. This morning when I went out to do my chores, I was watching the chickens all scattered around. As I ducked my head and went into the goat shed, I looked to the right and the chicken in the first picture was laying in a nest that has been used lately. I find anywhere from 1 to 3 eggs in this nest each day. Then as I went into the milk parlor area, the chicken in the second picture was sitting on the crate in there doing her thing. This crate has some stuff stored in the bottom. There is a window opening just above it that goes into the hay rack area of the goat shed. We put hay through the window all the time and some drops off and it has built up in the crate. We find anywhere from zero to 4 eggs in there each day. Then as I looked out into the goat area of the shed, there was another hen in the corner by the water bucket laying her egg for the day. We find them all over the place. If it will ever start to act like winter and get cold for an extended period of time, we want to lock them in the coop for a week and see how many eggs we get and to try and teach them what nest boxes are for. =)

This is Honeysuckle all by her lonesome. She misses having her daughter in with her. They talk over the fence though. Her daughter is still in with the buck and will be there until sometime tomorrow. Then all will be back to normal. =) Doesn't she look sad??

5 comments:

heather said...

I find eggs where you least expect them too! I cured this by keeping them in until lunch,then letting them free range until dark.
Boy, Marci, you sure do have some unusual things to say in your past few posts! lol

Robin J. said...

Wow, what beautiful hens! It looks like you groom them.

Emily said...

Our hens are very good girls; they all lay in the same two nest boxes even though we have four of them available. They're all Red Stars. What breed is that you have there? She's lovely!

Marci said...

The 3 hens in the pictures are Light Brahmas. I also have a couple of Golden Buffs and a couple of Americaunas.

Clara....in TN said...

Hi Marci, I find myself behind on reading blogs...but I just caught up on reading yours. I love all of the Christmas pictures...making candy and cookies and the tree....all are just beautiful. Just wanted to to know I haven't forsaken you and I enjoy your blog tremendously. Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR. May God Bless you and your family!