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