These last few weeks have been incredibly busy here and my sunburned shoulders are proof I have spent little time in the house these days. I did solve our little egg eater problem. It was much easier than I would have thought. I took an egg out to the hen house and set it on the floor close to one of the nesting boxes, as if it had just fallen out or been laid in the wrong place. No sooner had I set it down than one of the hens rushed over and started to peck at it. I grabbed her and put her in a covered box. I put the egg down again and another hen rushed over and did the same thing. She ended up in the box as well. By this time I was shaking my head and wondering if they were all going to turn out to be egg eaters. So, back I went to put the egg down again.
This time after waiting quite a while a rather timid hen walked over to it and rolled it underneath her and settled down on it. Sigh... No more egg eaters! What do I do with the ones who are?? I must say I seriously thought about just stretching their necks and making some stew, but then decided I would try an experiment. So, I put them in the barn with the goats. You know, every once in a while I do have a good idea. Later that day when I went to check on them I found two very happy hens pecking in the dirt and two... yes, count them, two eggs laid in nests dug deep in the straw. That's all it took! Its obvious they were just not happy in the coop, I'm still not sure why as it is a beautiful coop and the other chickens seem happy there. As for the goats? Well, having never seen a chicken before it took them a lot longer to get used to them but today they seem quite content to let them wander around their feet and while I'm not so happy with the messes they are making at least they are happy and I am getting an egg a day from each of them. Don't you love a happy ending?
Two nice surprises in the barn. The one sure has a funny shape though, see all the ripples on it? I've noticed one other laying eggs just like this in the coop. I'm thinking there is a deficiency here and will be adding things to their diet to try to fix the problem.
Not every ending turns out so happy. One of the little ducks on one of the ponds has been diligently sitting on eggs but the fox decided he needed to eat too... What a mess! I'm not sure if you can spot it in the picture but it looks like he not only ate all the eggs but the duck as well. She must have put up a fight.