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.

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Free Range Drawback

Hi there keepers, just a quick post today, and it’s about the one main drawback of letting your hens free range, I am having trouble finding theirs nests all the time, as the weather has changed recently, basically is now very wet, the girls have moved nests again, the only one who is laying in the same spot is Manuella the Minorca, she lays under the coop, where it stays dry all day long, whereas the others have taken to moving their nests to a place I cannot find.

I suspect it they are in the mass of undergrowth that line the banks of the creek, however after seeing the lengths that Nancy went to, in order to conceal her nest, I could be searching for a long time. Sad as it may sound, but I think I may have to rein them in a bit, afterall we are keeping them for their eggs, and at present we are only getting one a day.