Monday May 20, 2019 Guerneville CA.
Messing with the chickens
Peeps feed box
Another broody hen
When I went by the hen’s laying nest area this hen squawked at me with the broody hen call that I’ve learned they make. That means they want to nest and hatch out some eggs and just sit on the nest most of the time.
Gave her some eggs
In the afternoon she had two eggs under her so I gave her some more to make twelve. Might as well help her along.
Needing a nesting box
But now she will need a nesting box of her own but the one I have is still in use by the last broody hen so I needed something else.
I found this old plastic box I had which now needed a door in it.
The box was blue a sky color so I painted it green so it’d be a forest color and set it aside to dry.
Once dry I brought the box in and set it up in the nursery pen I guess it would be called.
Nest box ready for the broody hen
My plan is to let the new broody hen sit on the eggs where she is and move her to the new box tomorrow night after dark. I’ll be sure and mark the eggs this time so I know which ones she starts with so things don’t get confusing this time if another chicken gets in her box and lays any eggs. Only the eggs she starts with will hatch on time so we don’t need any late starters.
Other than that I puttered around the yard and chair hopped. With the recent rains I didn’t have to water anything and it turned out to be a mostly lazy day.