It’s funny, you can always tell when a hen is laying an egg. All of a sudden the whole flock of chickens will start going crazy making all sorts of noise! Even the rooster gets in on it, not crowing, but clucking. Man, are they loud! And from within the commotion you’ll hear the hen that is laying making the most noise of all…
Bock, bock… BA-GOCK!!!
And then, just as suddenly, it will be silent again. The chickens have gone back to contentedly pecking around, and there in the nest sits a warm egg.
Lately, we’ve been outside in the garden when the hens start telling the world about their imminent egg. The kids and I will stop what we are doing, and see if we can find within the woods where the noise is coming from. See, our hens have just recently decided that their laying boxes aren’t good enough anymore, and are now laying in the woods instead. This makes for fun daily egg hunts. But, the noise is helpful as it at least points us in the right direction!
Fortunately for us, they’ve found one spot in particular to their liking- a shady place in the leaves, hidden underneath a fallen tree. And it helps that they all lay in the same spot, instead of finding their own little nests throughout the forest! It’s like the girls line up single file, and patiently wait their turn to lay their egg in the community nest.
Today we found the jackpot! Over the past few days we’ve collected some eggs from the laying boxes, so we haven’t bothered checking the woods. Boy, these girls have been busy!!
It never gets old either. Finding a whole clutch of eggs hidden within the trees is always fun, for me and the kids!