Adventures in Egg Laying

The Mystery Bin Chicks are growing up and trying new things.  They are seventeen and a half weeks old now, and I guess that it’s time.

The last time I posted, I mentioned that Stacey has been investigating all the laying boxes and making mini nests.

I got a cool video of her digging her way into one of the nests, building the sides up really high.  She likes deep beds she can hide in.

I posted it on Instagram but I will share here, too.

She went on to lay her first egg later that day.

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Stacey’s first egg. 🙂
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Stacey’s egg (right), Rhode Island Red egg (left)

Stacey is a neurotic new layer. Every morning she jumps into every single empty laying bed, fusses and digs and then hops out.  Nest after nest until, finally, she goes into the nest she laid her first egg in and lays the egg.  I don’t know what she’s looking for and not finding in those other nests, but it’s becoming her new morning ritual.

Sadly, in her attempts to find a good place to lay, she caused trouble I did not need.

I took Abby out of her broody bed, as usual, not thinking that anything would happen.  Stacey came along right behind me and jumped into Abby’s nest. She knocked one egg out of the nest (it broke) and stepped on another.  I got her out, put her in another bed with much scolding and went straight to find Abby, interrupted her dirt bath, and plopped her back on the nest.

Now, I’m not letting Abby out every morning any more.  Maybe every other day and during times when Stacey is done laying her egg.  I’m so heartbroken over the eggs lost.  Mickey and I had just candled them (yes, I broke down and bought a candler) to see if all the other badness could be overcome.  The only upside is that the eggs lost were two I had question marked because I didn’t think they were developing. I won’t, however, be risking any more eggs in that manner.

This morning, right around the same time Stacey was doing her morning bed inspections, one of the other little girls, Candy, climbed into a nest and began rearranging.

Again, I have video on Instagram.  Here it is…ourhappy homemaker.

I checked back later and found the tiniest little egg there.

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Candy’s First Egg
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Candy’s Egg (right), Stacey’s Egg (left)
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Candy’s egg (right), Stacey’s egg (middle), Rhode Island Red egg (left)
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Candy’s Egg (right), Rhode Island Red Egg (left)

No matter how you slice it, Candy’s egg is small.  🙂

Last but not least…

Here are some random visitors to the barnyard…

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A toad who’s been visiting the run. We usually find him on the side of the gate.
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Flutter by Butterfly

Short Timers

Today marks six weeks with the Mystery Bin Girls!  

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Happy 6-week-aversary, Girls!!!

They’re getting so big!!!   

And the brooder is getting so crowded!  

Every morning now, Matilda and Peanut will sit on the top perch and stretch their necks to peek over the top of the brooder and see … whatever they can see.  Sometimes, one of them will jump out and sit and watch me work.  Matilda likes to do that the best.  She’s a very curious girl, and had very keen eyes.  I can tell she is thinking lots of things.  

She’s going to have a lot to think about this week.  Tomorrow, Dad and I will be hanging the door between the main coop and the ‘grow up coop’ so that they will be able to move in soon.  

There’s a lot still to be done.  Before the hanging, I need to clean the coop and remove all the old ‘deep litter’ and straw, and give the side the little ones will be in a good cleaning.  There are also new curtains to be hung on both sides.  

Dad did a minor tweak to the laying boxes, as well.  He added a couple of inches to the front of the boards, thus making the beds a little deeper.  

I am hoping this will help keep the straw in the next and not so much on the floor, as well as provide a more comfortable nesting environment for the hens who are laying eggs.  

I don’t know if you can tell from these pictures, but they really do look deeper in real life: 

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After the split, I’ll be adding straw to all the laying boxes.  We didn’t use the bottom rows last year.  Now that they’re deeper, I hope they will start.  Might add some plastic eggs to them to encourage the thought. 

More pictures when I get coop cleaned out and the curtains hung.  🙂 

Mystery Bin Girls, Week 3

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Here we have… Candy, Stacey, Matilda, Peanut, Lola & Scarlet… aka the Mystery Bin Chicks.

At Week 3, they’re looking a little scruffy as their feathers come in.  Peanut is still my diva, still the boss.  I foresee trouble when we integrate because my Abby Girl is the boss of the older hennies.  Peanut is going to have fall in line or suffer the consequences.  Abby doesn’t even guff from our rooster!

A New ‘Week 1’

Peanut and her sisters have made it a full at our house…


Cuties, aren’t they?  And Peanut (lower left pic) is still my diva girl.

For a refresher … This is what they looked like Tuesday night when we brought them home:

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What a difference a week makes!  We couldn’t get them to hold still last night to take the group picture.  They kept wanting to run around the table!

Happy week-aversary to the Mystery Bin Chicks!!!!