Friday, March 12, 2010
What I found Out About Chickens
I ran across a blog called, "backyardfarming.blogspot"
with a post entitled "They Eat Their Young."
I was thinking that I had a egg eater, but had no idea
that I maybe have two or even three. I was hardly getting
any eggs each day. So in the post it said, to put plastic
Easter eggs in your nest boxes and they will peck the plastic
egg open and it hurts their beaks and they will stop eating eggs.
I took a whole handful of plastic eggs out there on Wednesday
morning and Wednesday night when I went to check
all of the plastic eggs were open in the nest boxes and I had
4 eggs, up from the two I had been getting out of 10 hens.
So yesterday when I went to get eggs I had 6 brown ones
and a blue-green one. (The bantams are good chickens who never eat
their young.) It worked and I just could not believe it was
such a easy solution. So if you aren't getting the eggs you think
you should, it could be like me, I thought my hens were just perfect,
little did I know they were not.
Oh, by the way, it wasn't because they were hungry, they get more
food and they are kind of chubby for chickens, that is what my kids say,
I even let them run around my back yard and they have shelter and lots
of water. They just picked up a bad habit.
I have so much to learn about hens.