There was a snake in the coop, and there’s been evidence of rats, and for two whole weeks we got a total of 2 eggs. We killed the snake. No more (fresh) evidence of rats. But still no eggs.
We left the chickens in the coop way later than usual on Tuesday, and ended up with three eggs. I cheered, and left the chickens in the coop longer the next few days. We got two eggs each day.
Today. We had a plan for today.
Today. After 10:30, we went outside to do a school project. I sent the kids down to check for eggs. Ginger was in a nesting box and Jilly was going in, but when she noticed Quinn she jumped to the door and went completely crazy. They were out of water so I had him open the door. JILLY TOOK OFF LIKE SHE WAS BEING ATTACKED. But everyhen else was like “Welikewater. GETUSWATER.”
We knew Ginger had laid an egg. I found another one near the nest, and three across the minipath. So we were at 5 eggs for the day. There were 16 in the nest. TWENTY ONE EGGS.
We’ve ended up with 3 broken ones. But still.
Appy helped grab Jilly off her nest (wearing gloves) and I took her from him and carried her to the coop. Then we collected the eggs from the nest. (Special thanks to Annie for collecting all that moss and leaving it in that basket, because that was perfect to transport the eggs.)
I left the hatch open until she would let me touch her without jumping. That was hard for both of us. I didn’t want to get pecked by an angry hen. And she has reason for her trust issues. [Example: I totally went back out there and stole the freshest egg while she was fussing about the Loseter (Say it like rooster but with L, or “Lose ster.” I want him gone but I’m a coward.) getting food from the coop.]
I also “candled” all the eggs to make sure there are no babies. I used my phone flashlight, but they obviously glowed with no dark spots. The kids were so impressed with me, but annoyed because no babies. The next step is checking the eggs for freshness and washing them because they’re nasty.
But we lost our grip on the day, and it’s past lunch time now. Oh well. What a learning experience!