With chickens, you never know how many eggs you’re going to get each day. The extreme cold or hot, as well as number of daylight hours all affect their laying. Some people put lights in their coops so the chickens will continue to lay even during the shorter daylight hours but I figure the shorter days are Mother Nature’s way of giving the hens a break. So, I don’t worry a whole lot about how many eggs I get each day . . I get what I get.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been getting 5 or 6 eggs per day. I have one bantam hen and she lays small eggs. Her eggs are the only ones I know that belong to specific hens. When I haven’t seen an egg from her for a few days, I know they’re up to no good and I go searching to see if they’re laying eggs somewhere besides in the coop.
I was looking out the window this morning and I said . . Vince, is that eggs out there on the ground? He confirmed it so I went out there and to see what I could find.
Sorry for the blurry picture but you can see that the eggs are damaged. I looked up under that clump of trees and could see quite a few broken egg shells under there. I think the chickens think they’re hiding their eggs from me and they can hatch babies if I don’t find them but then it gets dark and they want to go in the coop so they leave their nests for the wild critters to find them.
Those chickens definitely are going to do what they want to do.