Char­lotte on egg over­load

Af­ter a week away, Char­lotte re­turns to hens with moth­er­hood on their minds

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Icame back from Italy to find six brood­ies and a moun­tain of eggs, some of which were cracked. The per­ils of go­ing away even for just a week. I have a won­der­ful man called Peter who looks af­ter the hens while I am away – he’s been do­ing it for years and so knows the ropes. But the brood­ies fight over the eggs that are laid in their var­i­ous nests as they all want to sit on them so some get dam­aged. Luck­ily, I have now stopped most of them from be­ing broody, but it’s dif­fi­cult as my airy coop (the coop in which hens get con­fined to stop brood­i­ness) I wrote about last month only takes one hen at a time. Eggs are slowly get­ting sold, given to friends or used up in cakes, ice creams and quiches and things are get­ting back to nor­mal.

THE GREAT CLEAN UP

The other night­mare is the chicken pooh that needs clear­ing off the lawn. Broody hens, who only come out once a day, to eat and drink, make the most aw­ful large poops which def­i­nitely need clear­ing up. I have a bril­liant poop scooper (pic­tured) which works very well.

WHY I MISS HAV­ING CHICKS

I am not meant to be hav­ing any chicks this year as I have so many hens, but I will let one hen pro­duce chicks as I need to take hen and chicks to a show in Au­gust. I re­ally miss not hav­ing chicks as it is such a de­light to watch them hatch and see them grow. If and when I do de­cide on chicks, I will prob­a­bly try for some more Marans. I do love the dark brown eggs of Marans. They also have a fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory - my favourites are the French Cop­per Blue.

ABOVE: Sit­ting prettyRIGHT: The deluxe pooper scooper!

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