It’s been a busy week here on the farm. There’s been more canning (peach jam, tomatoes and more apple butter), fire wood to chop and eggs to gather.
We had a cook out for Labor Day weekend, and invited half the neighborhood. They didn’t all show, but those who did had a pretty good time, despite the heat.
I spent most of that day worried about the chickens because it was so hot, and wound up feeding them frozen mango to help cooling them off.
One of the little hens actually stopped laying for a day due to the heat. Poor little thing!
Another hen surprised us by laying the biggest egg I’ve ever seen. I’m not sure the pictures I took did it justice, but the thing was like two jumbo eggs combined.
And of course, the heat wasn’t helped by the fact that my RiR roosters were ALL really starting to ‘feel their oats’ as ‘mature roos’ and were seriously getting under skin. It’s been since June (when the Gold Sexlinks started acting up) since I’ve had this much chaos in the coop, and I only had 9 roos this time around. Not 17.
In one of my last posts, I described the unwanted antics of one of my RiRs. The last week and a half since that post have seen ALL 8 of the little shitheads behaving the same way. In addition, several of them have taken to following me or Little Dude around the barnyard, run and coop at feeding times, growling and challenging us.
I personally have been more annoyed than impressed.
Until yesterday, when I went down to feed them and discovered that one of the hens had laid an egg out of a laying box and someone had stepped on it, leaving a big hole in it. My first thought is how much chaos has been in the coop recently. The RiR roosters will chase any hen they see, and have recently taken to chasing them up into the beds.
We solved the problem yesterday morning by finally butchering the last of the roosters.
Except Dots, of course, who is spared by the virtue of being Little Dude’s favorite.
This should be the last round of butchering for a long while. We don’t intend to get more roosters, unless some day, I decide to hatch chicks and there are roosters there.
And speaking of hatching eggs… I think my Abigail is going broody. She spent yesterday, all day, in her laying box. She isn’t laying an egg, she’s just laying on the plastic Easter egg put in the boxes to encourage the little girls to lay.
I took her out of the box this morning when I came down to clean the coop and fill feeders. She got up, ate a little, drank a little and then hopped back in her box.
While she’s in her box, she fusses and coos, but this not anything out of the ordinary. She always does this.
I’m not sure if this is broody, or something else. Abby is about 6 months old now, and has been laying since August 8th. I’m not really sure what I should do.