Our Americauna hen laid her first egg yesterday…as far as we know. The Commander found it up in the sheep hay loft while he was moving bales. An extensive search failed to produce any other green eggs so that is how we deduced that this was her first egg.
That morning when the Commander opened the buck’s side door he discovered Mamma chicken waiting to get inside. It seems that Mamma chicken has started laying again and she has chosen the buck barn as her nesting area.
I have recently found roosters hiding in the nest boxes at lunch time, I can think of no sensible reason for why they would be doing that. It seems that when they get in the boxes they roll any eggs out into the center aisle, great.
So today checking for eggs consisted of; pulling out a ladder and searching the sheep hay loft (1), running two stinky bucks out of their barn and searching through the waste hay (1), rummaging through the aisle hay in the coop (1), and chasing roosters out of the nest boxes (0). Not a bad haul for a cold winter day, looks like hunting season has begun.