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Hidden eggs

Eggs in the grassEgg production went way down about a month ago, but I wrote it off as our ancient hens hitting "menopause."  I should have searched harder for the answer --- 24 eggs hiding in the deep grass of the pasture!

Usually, our chickens are very good about laying in the nest box since we keep it comfy with clean straw or leaves and seed the pot with golf balls.  But a lot of factors have made the spot less conducive to laying lately.  First, the broody hen took over the box, then the tweens got bigger and bigger until the huge coop Mark built me started to feel cramped.  I guess that with two strikes against the coop, the straw-like, dense grass matted down in parts of the pasture looked more like a nest.

Egg production rebounded about a week ago, so I'm hoping the naughty hens have decided to behave.  These old eggs would probably be fine, but since we're not desperate, we'll use them to give Lucy a treat for the next few weeks.

Our chicken waterer keeps the work load low despite having 33 chickens in four different flocks.

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Ha! I bet that was a surprise!
Comment by Fostermamas Tue Jul 5 18:43:28 2011
It sure was! I don't know how I missed them, but that's the one trouble with pastures --- it's easy to ignore parts of it.
Comment by anna Tue Jul 5 19:23:25 2011

You can test the freshness of an egg by placing it in water, if it sinks it is ok, if it floats it is not.

More detailed instructions are on this site:

My apologies to Lucy if this deprives her of some tasty treats.

Comment by Trevor Wed Jul 6 02:16:28 2011
I've read about egg tests, but decided not to bother. These eggs were pretty dirty, and we've got clean ones coming in every day now (finally!)
Comment by anna Wed Jul 6 09:07:26 2011

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