This last batch of red chickens are just not very nice and they’re not very fun to deal with. I’ve been threatening to make a big pot of gumbo with 10 hens!
The little white bantam, Della, who lives with them has been sitting on four fertile Dominique eggs. Yesterday was Day 9.
A couple of days ago, I noticed one of the eggs was broken. I didn’t know if maybe because it’s so hot, it had cracked so I cleaned it all out and left 3. Yesterday I noticed that there were only 2 eggs. The third one is just gone.
A bit later I went out there and the poor little Della was walking around in the coop and one of the aggravating red hens was sitting on the eggs. I took her off, put her outside and Della got back on her 2 eggs. Even though she was 9 days into the 21 day incubation period, I went and got another Dominique egg, which is our only fertile eggs right now. She now had 3 eggs again.
After dinner, I went out to check on her and the three eggs were strewn about in the nest, Della was off the nest and all three eggs had holes pecked in them.
I was so aggravated at the red hens. Vince said “I do NOT like those red chickens!” Their days are numbered. We’ve never had such hateful chickens. They fuss and argue with each other all day, fight over any little thing they can fight about. Seriously, once some of the other hens begin laying, I have a feeling I’m going to have 10 hens in the freezer, and I won’t feel one bit bad about it.