Well, gee whiz! I didn’t realize the world was awaiting news from the chicken coop with bated breath……
OK, the good news is…. poor lonely rooster has now joined the rest of the group and is now Mr. Happy. I didn’t feed them for a few days so then when I opened the door, instead of making a mad dash for the yard (I often have to duck so as not to be knocked out as they all fly out the door without so much as a “good morning” while whacking me in the face with their wings)…. anyway, they crowded around the feed trough and Little Miss Bossy pecked at me and ordered me to feed them RIGHT NOW. Mr. Lonely was hungry too so he came in to eat and, voilá, I got him! heh heh heh….. I jumped out and closed the door fast before anyone could stop me! I left them all closed up for a couple of days, and now when I let them all out in the yard, he goes nicely to bed with everyone else, safe in the coop like he’s supposed to. Aaaah, all is well.
Lots of eggs are being laid properly in the nest boxes, BUT…..
They’re all brown.
What’s the problem, you ask?
I have Americanas (also called Araucanas) which lay blue eggs. Where are my blue eggs? Have they stopped laying for some reason? Or are they hiding them somewhere around the yard? It’s time for an Egg Hunt! (Bet you thought those were only for Easter – but, no, we have them quite often around here.)
They might actually have stopped laying since our daylength is now under 12 hours, but they usually continue laying until the end of November so I’ll have to take a glass of wine (or two) and stroll the yard, looking casual, and secretly spying on the hens. Woo hoo!