I can't even tell you how excited I was this morning when I found this perfect little egg in the nest box, we had bets on for when they'd start laying and I had guessed 2 weeks so I wasn't too far out :) Our kitchen hen (above) has been patiently waiting for some occupants, and is now looking much happier! Oh how I've missed fresh eggs! Soca was in the house for quite a while this morning and she is the biggest so my guess is it's her wee egg but I can't be sure...
We've had to make an adjustment to the run, it worked perfectly for the first week and a bit. They didn't do too much damage, just a bit here and there. Then suddenly they figured out how to dig... I don't mean scratch since they've always done this but actually dig into the ground! I'm sure they are just trying to make a dust bath but in the middle of our lawn is not allowed. Most of you probably know that chickens must have a place to 'dust bath' themselves, it keeps mites and other bugs at bay, stops oil building up in their feathers and generally keeps them healthy. We thought that having a dust bath when they were free ranging (they have a dry dusty area under our tree that they love) would be enough but they didn't think so... It's a shame because we've had to attach chicken wire on the underside of the run too now to stop the digging, not a big deal but does mean they can only scratch properly when they're out in the garden. Ah well, they get out at the weekends, on my weekday off and also some evenings.
We've also got a new hose which has helped loads with keeping the lawn pretty (ie not covered in droppings!) we just turn the nozzle up to fine/powerful spray and hose the area where the run was before, the droppings disintegrate and soak into the grass - perfect!
So that the chicken update! As for my update, it's just been hard for me to get back into the swing of things after such a lovely relaxing break. We also had our preschool graduation at work on monday, which meant lots of extra work, it went really well though and was SUPER cute.
A few other goings on too but I'll put them in another post with some pictures soon, anyway I'm off to get a cup of vanilla rooibos, curl up on the sofa and catch up on all the blogs I've been missing :) xx