Well it took our chooks forever to start laying but I am please to be able to report we are getting a steady stream of 4-5 eggs a day. Some of them are HUGE and quite a few of the huge ones have been double yolkers! Mmmmmmmmmm nothing better than twice the runny yolk on your toast for dinner! YUM!
I had a slight run in with Red (our rooster, who is white) yesterday thought. He is um.. how shall I put it, rather randy and very protective of his girls. He even ‘feeds’ them.. scratching around until he finds a particularly tasty bug then ‘book bok borking’ away to let one of the girls know it is especially for her. So when I came out the other night with the bucket of scraps for their dinner I guess he felt I was taking over his job and while I walked with the hens around my feet towards the chook house he got me from behind… both claws into the back of my shin!
Mostly it just scared me, then I scared him back and gave him a right shove with the lid of the scraps bucket. Mind you he wasn’t at all worried… but I freaked out poor nervous Henny Penny so much that she ran back under the house and I had to put everyone else to bed without. Took some coaxing with food and chasing around the yard before I finally caught her and got her in safe and sound for the night about an hour later!
Thankfully Red doesn’t seem to think the girls are a threat and happily hops into their lap to eat from their hands…. but I tell you what Randy Red the Rooster had better deliver some might fine chicks this spring/summer or he may well be our first go at eating home grown meat!