Sometimes when it’s too hot the chickens don’t lay. Sometimes when it’s too cold the chickens don’t lay. Sometimes when everything is just right, the chickens still don’t lay. I have 5 good laying hens. One is out on maternity leave. That leaves 4
good laying lazy hens! So why am I getting one egg per day if I’m lucky?
Today I was knitting instead of being out in the garden and I believe I may have figured out the problem. They’re spending all day socializing instead of doing their work!
First, a couple of turkeys came strolling through the yard and the chickens all ran over to the fence to chit chat. I believe they would have stood their all day had I not walked out and shooed the turkeys off so the hens could get back to their jobs. Actually, the turkeys kept looking at the hen house like . . hey . . there might be yummy treats in there, so I went out and chased them off.
A while later I looked out and there was Mr. Rabbit. We definitely need him in the yard munching on the grass. What we really need is a goat! This rain and the grass almost needs cutting again before Vince finishes cutting it. I was happy to see the rabbit. Cat has put quite a dent in our rabbit population.
But soon, he was also over there interfering with the chickens’ job of laying eggs.
Those chickens love hanging out at the fence and talking to their visitors but I also love getting fresh eggs and without eggs, we just might be having dumplings soon!