Because of some interesting chick experiences of the summer we ended up with only one egg laying aged pullet this Fall and every other bird decided to molt. And quit laying eggs. It’s been ridiculous that I have to go to the store and buy eggs when I’m also feeding a whole flock of chickens!!! Arrrrrgggg!!!
It seriously just makes me want to scream, and we’re on several months now of this nonsense. Not to mention that I had had 2 brown egg layers start back up not long ago and then a green/blue egg started to appear as well. Recently I’ve found none but the blue egg which makes me nearly certain that some of our birds are finding somewhere else to lay their eggs. I’ve looked all around the barn yard in any place that looked as though it would even remotely tempt a chicken to lay and I’ve had no luck at all.
I’m going to redo the nesting side of the coop. I have curtains across the nest boxes right now because the newer chickens were roosting in them which drove me insane. Ha! Chickens are just something else, I tell you what! So I plan to pick up some cheap “milk crate” type baskets soon and I’ll remove the curtains and make some cozy inviting nests and possibly get some “dummy eggs” to add to them as well and see if I can coax these ridiculous hens to give us some eggs!
I’ll also be going through the flock this Spring, when everyone should be back to laying, and find the ones that aren’t (did you know there are ways to tell if a hen is laying or not?) and the ones that aren’t will end up becoming chicken noodle soup. I don’t want to keep feeding a bunch of birds who aren’t helping feed us.
I also have plans to get some more chicks this Spring, actually I’m hoping to get some in March along with some ducks!! I’ve heard that ducks are really great layers even through the colder months, so I’m willing to give them a try, because I’m pretty fed up with chickens at this point. Ungrateful freeloaders! 😉