the chicken and the egg


We bought twelve hens a couple of months ago, White Leghorns, 20 weeks old, at point of lay.

After two weeks, we lost one. Which is a euphemism along the lines of 'sleeping with the angels' (as opposed to 'lost her in the woods'/ 'lost her down the plughole' etc.)

I was worried it was something I'd neglected or fed her incorrectly or something, but the other eleven seem to be thriving so who knows. 

We had two eggs on the first day and thought we were so clever. Cancelled the egg order with our local food co-op, all systems go. And then no eggs. Just those first two – then nothing. 

For about six weeks.

Tilly has taken on the responsibility of feeding the chooks. 

Here, below, she's assessing whether the food in the chook bucket is really for the chickens or whether she could have another go at that crust.



No one liked that white jasmine rice. Maybe the chooks will.






 The nesting boxes we started with had no roofs and we wondered if that might be inhibiting them. Adam knocked up some new ones, marvellous man.



'Cept they still didn't lay in them. Sat ON them, as you can see… daft birds. See the wooden egg there chickies, that's your clue!



Then a few days ago I found an egg. Not in the gorgeous roofed nesting boxes, but in the corner of the roosting room, on the floor. 



Tilly started checking in the corner every day, and we've got a regular layer. Hooray!



And then yesterday…

There's an egg in the nesting box! There's an EGG in the nesting box!


We won't count our chickens before they're hatched (guffaw) but I reckon we're on our way to an omlette.

Hope you lovely folk have had a marvellous week, thanks for taking the time to stop in here. I'm so grateful for your company.


13 Comments on “the chicken and the egg

green ink
April 9, 2011 at 1:21 am

It is wonderful when you get good layers! Let’s hope they give you a bounty of eggy goodness!

April 9, 2011 at 2:04 am

Only thing better than chicks laying eggs is chicks with a knack for a good (or bad) word joke. Congrats on the eggs and love your post, too!

Aussie Mum
April 9, 2011 at 9:37 am

Congratulations and fingers crossed they keep laying!

We would love to have a few hens we will have to wait a few years until our dog has moved on to greener pastures. I don’t think he could cope with the excitement of birds in his yard and I’m not sure the hens would appreciate him breathing down their necks 24/7.

April 9, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Hens can be very sneaky critters!!!so glad you are getting some eggs!

Alex Nolan
April 9, 2011 at 10:19 pm

In my experience with chickens, I’d be checking under every bush they have access to! Just because you have provided lovely warm, covered nest boxes, does NOT mean that is where they lay! I came across about 18 eggs one day after thinking that they had stopped laying! Gorgeous photos of Tilly and Ad xxx

April 9, 2011 at 10:41 pm

how very eggcelent!

April 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm

beautiful – we love our chooks and are up to 11 and a friend just arrived with 3 girls for us to chook sit! crumbs – lucky we are entering the off egg season or we would be struggling to keep up!

April 11, 2011 at 10:51 pm

aw thank you!

April 11, 2011 at 10:52 pm

yes we’ve been thinking about getting a dog and not sure about the chickens… ours are currently in a very big run, fenced, not free range – but the next door chooks are always here!

April 11, 2011 at 10:53 pm

thank you for that input, fella.

April 11, 2011 at 10:54 pm

good point – might check around… thanks xx

April 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Mine have always insisted on laying up in the roost as well, and like you we have been trying to convince them otherwise with some strategically placed wooden eggs in the nest boxes. Silly girls. Glad you’re getting eggs… bet they’ll start coming in more and more now and soon you’ll be off to cook up some french toast or an omelette! I love that last picture- cute, inquisitive gal you got there~

Christie-Childhood 101
April 16, 2011 at 6:49 pm

My husband would love to have chooks but it would be just my luck that we would adopt those of the non-laying variety! LOL


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