This farming stuff is tricky business.
I like having my chickens free to do as they choose during the day. They eat bugs and seeds and they look kinda cute bopping around the farm.
The problem with chickens being loose, is that a few of them have it in their heads to lay their eggs outside of their nest boxes. This makes every other day a bit like Easter. We have enlisted the help of local kids to stalk the chickens like little ninjas to find the day’s haul.
Once the nest is located it is best to put a “dummy egg” or two in the nest . Chickens are dumb, but they aren’t that dumb. If they go to lay a second egg in a nest and find the first egg gone, they will move on and find another spot to lay….this results in more ninja neighbor kids stalking chickens… You can see the problem. For crying out loud, I have a zoo to build….I can’t keep hunting down dang eggs every day.
Most of the summer we have had a chicken with a cozy nest spot in the corner of the old root cellar nestled in my lilies.
Lately though the dummy eggs were coming up missing…what the heck? Is there a fox stealing the eggs? Some other predator?
Sissy and her trail cam to the rescue! Within minutes we had our perpetrator.
That fuzzy little butt looks awfully familiar….GUSGUS!!!!!
Remember what happened to the chicken caught eating eggs….