A beautiful sight but my hens aren’t laying.
There is nothing more fun to most kids and that includes me as a youngster, than to gather the eggs from the nest in the hen house.Sometimes the hens are on the nest and startle us when we try to take the eggs and they peck our hand; Ouch! we continue anyway. Free ranging chickens find other places to lay their eggs besides the hen house and that is always an adventure of hide-and-seek. Even more exciting wen you find a nest full.
I love having chickens for many reasons:
Thirdly, nothing more exciting than a broody hen setting on her eggs. In only 21 days baby chicks hatch. Such a show when she brings them out in the yard for the first time. It amazes me once again how she has been programmed by the higher power of creation to know just what to do.
Fourthly, (is that a real word) after only eight weeks of growing, there is nothing like a good old fashioned, iron-skillet full of fried chicken on a Sunday afternoon following church with the family.
Now here’s my problem-no eggs!
If you want eggs all winter like Grandma Phillips did………
I suddenly remembered she once instructed me to always have young pullets starting their first laying cycle in September or October and you won’t be without eggs in the winter. Her favorite chicken was the Rhode Island Red. “Good for meat and eggs,” she told me. Calculate: if we hatch chicks in the spring and the pullets begin to lay 5-6 months later, BINGO, that would be perfect timing. Not sure why this works or why the light doesn’t affect the young pullets as much, but I did follow her instruction many years ago and I remember that it did work. Going to give it a try this year since my hens are 2nd and 3rd year layers. in time, they will lay less and less. Time to buy some chicks this spring so I’ll have new pullets in the fall. Got to get on line and check out what’s out there. Craig’s List here I come.
For sure, I miss gathering eggs.
As an alternative to “no eggs at the hen house” we bought some brown eggs from a neighbor. Since he feeds them egg- maker and does not let them free-range the eggs are the same as buying store bought eggs; boring. The key to having those dark, yellow yolks are allowing the hens to run around in the yard. Sometimes you get chicken poop on the porch, but hey, the eggs are fantastic. In this life one must make sacrifices. I am however combating the chicken poop on the porch problem by training Howard, our Corgi, to shew them away from the house. He’s getting pretty good at it without me having to tell him.
So, today, get your plan together, get some chicks in your future. If not a hundred or more like my Grandma used to do, who marketed her eggs and her fryers to the original Kroger in Amelia, once located near Luke’s on Rt. 125 and she made good money at it too. Or if you just want to supply your own family, get a few. You’ll be glad you did and You’ll love those Farm Fresh Eggs!!!
Here’s hoping for an egg in the hen house real soon.
Sherry Mitchell-Farm Girl