The Egg Stash

My ladies have been on an egg strike this winter, but considering they are in their third laying season, I wasn’t at all surprised. It’s common to see a decrease in egg production after two seasons, but to completely stop laying did seem a little drastic.

Their nests were empty day after day, after awhile I just decided to love my freeloading ladies just the same. I didn’t go on any egg hunts, for years my hens have laid their eggs in exactly the same place.

This morning I noticed my polish hen Penny was not at the gate waiting for her breakfast. I called her and there was no response, odd, I thought. Usually I’m tripping over her every single morning. My immediate gut feeling was she died, and I dreaded that walk to the coop to look. I lifted the roof of her coop and it was empty. There’s another coop in the yard from a previous flock, but nobody ever goes in there, I checked anyway.

I pulled back the tarps and slowly lifted the roof worried about what I’d find. There she was! My Penny was sitting quietly in the corner. Of course I was happy to see she was at least thinking about laying again, but I didn’t expect to find a stash of eggs under her!  I know I’ve preached over and over about how hens often stray from their nest area and pick a new place. Well, this time I should have taken my own advice and gone on my own egg hunt. Apparently my ladies have moved, this is what I found under Penny. Shame on me!

TBN Eggs 2013

Author: amy elizabeth

Writer, Author, Artist, Chicken Keeping Resource Blogger

8 thoughts on “The Egg Stash”

  1. 🙂 Wow! It happened to you too…Tomorrow I’m making some cute little curtains for the nesting boxes hoping that will encourage them to lay in the boxes, but I’m pretty sure they have found another place to lay and I’ve looked everywhere and can’t find it. I’m glad you found yours!

    1. Guess I’ll just go with the flow and let them have the other chicken house! Doesn’t matter, just would have liked a heads up that they were moving… ha ha

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