It’s been several years since I last spoke about our hens!
It took Lacey and Spangle a while to settle in with the other 6 hens. They were such nervous little ladies especially as one of last years hens (Penny) would charge at them the minute they wandered near the food. I knew they had to find their ‘pecking’ order, quite literally and they weren’t being pecked at or drawing blood. So we had to leave them to it but eventually they settled and are running about with the rest of the brood.
In August my dad (who lives next door) knocked on my door. He said “I think you might want to go and look at the beans growing” To my surprise there was a small nest of little brown eggs! Lacey and Spangle had started to lay at last. However, having moved the eggs they didn’t lay there any more. The hunt began for their new nest.
I’d decided to leave two eggs there each time. For weeks they laid there quite happily until one of them became broody. So rather than sitting on a batch of eggs I removed them all. Fatal mistake – were they laying still or had they a new secret nest I wondered?
Today I spotted Lacey wondering aimlessly around and I suspected she was about to lay. I kept walking backwards and forwards from the house to the outside barn where she was. I returned after half a dozen spot checks to discover she’d vanished. She had to be laying somewhere nearby – bingo I spotted her!
She’d found an old hen house which really needs chopping up for firewood