I went about my normal routine that I do every weekend. I am always up by 630am if not earlier, the product of having to get up at 4am every day during the week. I do my thing and head out to the chickens. I give both the old hens and the babies scratch grains and we all chat about what is new and the latest gossip.
I got around to the babies nursery building and I peeked in and what do you know....way in the back of the nursery I spied this:
Well this sparked a whole laundry list of things to do! I had to call the U-Haul company, call the phone, water, and TV companies to have service stopped. So much to do! I had to scramble eggs! So much to do so little time. Not to mention it is hotter than all get out.
Now I have to find some of the golf balls we have laying around to put in the nest boxes. Why golf balls you ask? Well the golf balls with look like eggs to the chickens and it will teach the babies where to lay their eggs - in the nest boxes. It works quite well. This way using golf balls I can keep collecting the eggs several times a day so they don't get trampled but still leave a visual learning aid for the new hens.
I only have one new hen laying so far but the rest will start soon. This is kinda early for them. We got these peeps April 4, 2011, and today July 31, 2011, 3.5 months later, they are starting to lay. The new eggs will be pretty tiny bit totally whole. Soon they will start laying huge eggs and double and triple yolks while their bodies figure things out and they settle into a laying routine. Now a new issue starts for me - soon I will be getting up to 32 eggs A DAY! I need to order some egg cartons....and make a sign for the road.....and buy a bigger fridge...make more cookies, cakes, and goodies. oh my.