It is another beautiful, but busy day here in the Valley. The sun is shining with a gentle breeze blowing. It is 84* with low humidity....absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I would prefer it to be a little cooler, but today, I'LL TAKE IT!
This morning I did some inside work...the usual laundry, dishes, straightening up, etc. I have been out in the shed cleaning up and hanging fly paper. We didn't have a fly problem last year, but we do now. BLECH! The girls and I cleaned out the shed and layed down new bedding for them. Gena has not budged from her nesting box during this whole time. She is such a sweetie pie, never doing anything more than making a little noise when I would get close to her. I have to say, I am very lucky to have such a calm, broody hen. I have read stories of them literally attacking people when they reach under to gather the eggs or even just get too close. I can reach under with no problem whatsoever. I will try and take a video of the noise she makes when I get near her nesting box.
When I go back outside, I will be putting Gena and her unfertilized eggs into another nesting box to she can be by herself. Skippy will be putting some chicken wire around her little area so the other girls will stop climbing over her to lay their eggs in the same box. All of our "donor eggs" have been trampled on. Grace is collecting a "clutch" (A clutch is one batch of chicks or eggs that a bird is setting on at once) over the next three days. She had three this afternoon, but dropped one, so we are down to two for today. She is so sweet, trying so hard to keep this eggs for me. THANK YOU, GRACE! Gena will have her own little space with food and water, then being able to be left in peace to take care of her future babies.
After that, I need to finish up mowing the yard. It's so long that when the girls come running back to the shed, all you see are their heads popping up and down over the top of the grass! lol It is HYSTERICAL to watch!
Well, it's time to get back to work. What have YOU been doing today?