Tuesday, 2 October 2012

The Great Egg Hunt..

Every day if feels as if we are on an Easter Egg hunt, although not as much fun, climbing through, over and under every small gap to recover eggs. Still the chickens continue to lay everywhere, and anywhere as long as it isn't in the nesting boxes. A majority do manage to get in the boxes, where it makes it easy to collect the eggs, however, there appears to be the rogue few that refuse to be normal!

Having free range chickens is great, however, it does provide them with a huge amount of choice of where to lay, this includes in the furrow, behind bamboo plants, under bridges, anywhere that involves one of us crawling on our hands and knees to find the eggs. The not so adventurous hens will remain in the nesting boxes, however, there are others that are determined to send me insane.

We have to look in every item that may look comfortable for the chickens, and you never know what you may find. Some lay in buckets, and storage containers and others lay just on top of bales of straw...we even have one that climbs the wall and gets into the goat house to lay an egg in there!

We have to go through this long trek everyday to ensure that we gather all the eggs, because if we leave any we will end up with more chicks which we just don't need at the moment!

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