Lately I've been dreaming about...
But then I snap out of it and remember that it's December which means our ladies cut way back in their laying. As in one egg in three days. It's really depressing when you're used to a dozen a day.
Here are our top 3 reasons why I'm egg-longing:
1) Shorter days (day light) leads to less laying. We try to combat this by putting a light (on a timer) in the hen house to extend their "days". It's not very effective this year but in years past it helped a lot.
2) Many of our hens are aging out and our couple pullets aren't yet laying. While Jamey thinks we should stop feeding the older hens (and turn them into soup) I can't quite condone it. They're not my pets or anything, but when I stop producing eggs, I don't want someone to put me upside down in a cone and...well, you know.
3) Skunks and opossums have started frequenting our hen house and eating their feed and eggs. Shame on them. So far the Havahart Trap
has caught several opossums which Jamey has taken for a drive, but one of these days, he's going to trap a skunk and then what?
Lack of water can also slow up egg production, so make sure to provide plenty of beverage for your hens.
This shortage has lead to...I can hardly say it...buying eggs at the store. This just makes me sad- not because it's bad to buy them at the store but because fresh, (real) free-range eggs are truly wonderful. And I miss them.