Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Teaching Old Chickens New Tricks
What's a golf ball doing in our chicken coop? Actually, there are 3 golf balls currently in the nesting boxes of our coop. The golf balls are teaching our chickens where to lay their eggs. It makes me laugh.
This year's group of Gals were all about 1 year old and laying daily when they arrived on the Little Farm. As you can imagine, moving from one "farm" to another can be a bit discombobulating for a poor hen. That is a big change, especially for a less than genius chicken.
I mean...when, early in our marriage, I moved the laundry hamper from one side of a door to another it took The Big Guy about a year to get used such a monumental change. I moved the silverware drawer (it moved from the top drawer to the one directly below) about 5 years ago. The males in my house are still getting used to that one...but I digress. (I love the differences between boys and girls!)
Anyway, when the Gals moved in, they weren't sure where their eggs were supposed to go. For the first couple of days, we found them all over the ground under their coop. This wasn't the end of the world, we still found them easily and such. However, a few of them were broken.
Broken eggs! That's like throwing away a treasure!
So, Farmer Ron stuck one golf ball in each of the nesting boxes on the top of the coop. Ta Da! The next day, we had 4 eggs laid IN the nesting boxes. All they needed was a good example. Good thinking Farmer Ron! The Gals sure are quick learners.
At this juncture, I could point out that the Gals are, in fact, GIRLS and that said girls adjusted to this change quite speedily. And this stands in stark contrast to how the males on the Little Farm seem adjust to things moving around, but I won't...