Nancy’s Gone Broody Again

Hi there keepers, it seems Nancy has gone broody again, I didn’t expect her to do that in the wettest part of winter, I thought her maternal instinct would tell her that this isn’t the right time of year to bringing chicks into the world, but not so, she has managed to find her way back in behind the neighbours shed, even though they have screen off the outdoor area where the shed is, she has performed her mission impossible stunts to enable her to get back into her favourite spot.

I recovered 6 eggs from underneath her the other day, two of which didn’t pass the float test, so she must have been laying back in there for a couple over two weeks, there were at least another four eggs under her, and at least one had broken, for the eggs I retrieved were covered in yolk and pieces of broken shell. She is spending her nights in there now, which seems to have cut down the fighting for position in the coop , come roosting time. The last time Nancy went broody, it was for some 10 weeks, I wondered how long this one will last, as the weather is very different, cold and wet, I  imagine the warm of the coop will draw her back sooner this time.

Order Has Been Established

Hello keepers, yesterday was a little bit wet and wild, the storm had blown through during the night, but the tail was enough to make the day a little dim. The hens needed more feed as they didn’t seem too keen on forageing, they even went for the budget pellets yesterday. they all seem to getting long nicely, as they have all been sharing the same coop now at nights for 4 nights, however I have still had to force the chicks into the coop, and lock the door behind them, that was until last night.

It had got dark a bit earlier than usual due to the stormy weather, I cooked dinner last night, then retired to the back room for a cuppa and a wooodbine, before I knew what time it was, it had grown dark, and i was just about to go out to put them all in, when the other half came into the room and announced they were all in bed of their own accord, sorted out their roosting spots, and all she had to do was shut the door.

Today they all seem even better together, the order has been established.