And look what I found by the end of chore time!
|Goldilocks' first egg|
And look who's joined the flock!
I wasn't looking to get any more chickens; ten seems a good number for our accommodations. But while chatting with Laura Thursday I learned that she was seriously considering eliminating her two remaining Easter Egger pullets. Even though they had the distinction of being her only named flock members, they weren't laying yet, nor were they integrating well in her flock. (Maybe having names made them the equivalent of "teacher's pets" and the other kids were beating up on them because of that?) Well, seeing as I am partial to Easter Eggers and Laura was coming to West Salem to pick apples the next day, obviously Sweet Cheeks and Peaches needed to join flockmates Brassy, Gilda and Goldilocks here at Boulderneigh. The arrival of Goldilocks' very first egg Friday morning seemed a fitting seal of approval!
I put the new girls in the "protective custody" cage within the henhouse when I got them home, but that night when I closed the pop door and counted beaks, Peaches wasn't there. She had somehow gotten out of the cage and was up on the roost! I left her there (and left Sweet Cheeks in the cage) and hoped for the best.
This morning when I went to open the pop door, Peaches was nowhere to be seen. I finally spotted her - hunkered under the nestboxes behind Brassy, who was already working on producing an egg in her usual spot. Interesting that she took refuge with an old friend from Laura's, even though they've been separated for four weeks!
|"Lean on me..."|
Today's egg haul? Three pullet eggs. The Golden Girls are showing the rest of them how it's done.
Counting my chickens at . . .