Anyone who spends any time in the company of chooks
quickly becomes fascinated by their social habits.
The goings on between them
over food, and position is an endless source
of interest and often humour.
My friend Vera pecks me on the leg
until I pick her up for a bit of loving.
The coop is kept shut to stop certain goats
from gorging on chicken pellets. I have told
them over and over, that the bag says it is
not for ruminants...but they just don't listen.
So Heckle, Jeckle, and Hortense, who prefer to lay
their eggs in the afternoon, clearly communicate
their desire for me to open the coop for them.
When they see me they call me and run
backwards and forwards
between me and the coop
until I open the door.
They don't stop for a sip or a nibble
but run for the nest box and settle in
with an almost audible sigh!
All the best info on happy chickens
say that one nest box between
four or five hens is appropriate.
Accordingly, with nine hens I have
two nest boxes.
this is the sight that greets me everyday.
I have shifted the two boxes around.
I have scrubbed them both and added the same straw.
But the girls all seem to prefer the orange mower catcher
over the black one.
I have seen four of them at once,
trying to use the orange one, while the black one
I even find the odd egg on the coup floor.
Obviously they would rather lay in public
than use the black nesting box.
Do your girls have a
favourite nest box...
and is it coloured?