I finished mowing the orchard and it looks great. Now I need to focus on pruning and other winter orchard management things – once I find out what they are.
As I was going up and down mowing my lovely straight lines I heard the chickens making that “I’ve laid an egg” squawk, which was like music to my ears. They have been off the lay for what seems like ages, but from what I understand that’s what they do in the winter. So to hear the proud cry of an egg layer was so awesome. We won’t need to buy eggs anymore! Yay.
So I raced into the coop to check out the new nesting boxes expecting to find a couple of freshly laid, still warm eggs. Did I find any? Nope. Not even one. After all the effort I went to, to make lovely new nesting boxes, and it was an effort, especially when I hit my thumb with the hammer and did a bit of damage. But the chickens really don’t seem to appreciate that.
Another chicken let out the “I’ve just laid an egg” squawk but it seems to have been followed up with a “and you’ll never find it …. Nah nah neh nah nah” squawk. Something wasn’t quite right. This sound was coming from outside the coop. Despite all my best efforts to create a chicken version of Fort Knox. Throughout the day the chickens continued to taunt me as they somehow escaped, laid an egg and then got back in again. The kids saw one fly right over the gate – despite having a clipped wing.
The thought of more babies was enough to spur me into action. I don’t want more egg shaped fluffy bums, no matter how cute. I want eggs – to eat! So I took drastic action. I have created a new and improved luxury chicken coop and they will enjoy it whether they want to or not! I rounded them all up and locked them in. I read somewhere that they will need at least three days to give in and lay their eggs where I want them to. Just to be sure I’ll leave them in there for a week. When I get regular eggs in the right place – I’ll let them out. Think of it as some kind of chicken time out!
Come again soon – I’m thinking of re-potting the lavender next, they are looking a little poorly.
Sarah the Gardener : o )