or at least that is my assumption. how do i know you ask? well ... we have gone from 6-8 eggs a day to 0 ... almost overnight.
yeah ... a big fat ZERO.
consider this a life lesson in changing the accommodation arrangements for your chooks. i have given them a piece of my mind ... told them to get their act together or they would be chicken soup. but i can't do that. you see, i know the real reason .... and it's just one of those farm life lessons.
- we moved the geodesic dome to a new spot .... which meant fresh grass.... yippee! but also meant a lot of jostling about as they moved.
- i had not one, but two broody hens. one i let sit on a clutch of eggs. the other i kept shoo-ing off the nesting box area ... she was taking up the entire area and wasn't allowing the other girls on the nest.
- i have two isa browns that were in a seperate a-frame ... and moved them into the geodesic dome for the short term.
- egg fertility rate has gone down significantly. we hatched a clutch at just over 50% fertility. the last batch that i gave to a teacher for their classroom with only one hatching from that! ugh!
- and to top it all off, i was rude enuf to throw the broody hen that hatched a clutch back into the geodesic dome and take her chicks away from her. how dare i!
the only saving grace is three young layers i bought a few months ago that are finally starting to come good .... so i am getting a few eggs from them finally.
so i reckon it will take a few weeks ... hopefully less. the broody hens are off the nesting box finally so all have access again.
i am missing my eggs. both for cooking and for hatching.
really looking forward to that empty nest being full again and my angry birds not being so angry any more!