What do you know?
I found this little beauty on the ground,
under the roost,
in the chicken shed this morning!
I think it must have fallen out of one of them
as they slept last night...lucky it didn't break.
It even had a little blood on it! Aww!
One of my baby girls is all grown up now.
I remember from last year that the new girls seemed to lay
accidently and in odd places until they got the hang of the nest boxes.
Now on a different but related matter.
What do roosters
have to do with egg laying?
Now I know it sounds like a silly question.
Like we all know what roosters do!
However I am serious and would like other
chicken fanciers out there to give the matter some consideration.
Now let me jog your memory about the these three bantams.
Left to right: Indigo, Lavender and Violetto.
Before the boys left for a better place...
well at least one where I can't hear them, I housed
Indigo and Lavender in the chicken tractor.
Everyday for over a fortnight, she laid one
perfect little bantam egg.
Since Indigo left, she has not produced
a single one.
When they were together he would stand
at the top of the ramp and encourage
her into the nesting compartment.
I have also seen Brewster, in the past,
sitting in 'ideal nesting spots' under bushes
and the like, calling to his girls.
When they came he would cluck and
fuss until they tried out his latest spot.
I actually found an egg or two in his chosen places.
Brewster is still going through his moult
and looking like an old duster.
I am wondering if the older girls,
who have finished moulting and
are resplendent in new feathers
are not laying...because Brewster
is still deciding what to wear and doesn't
have time to encourage them.
What do you think?