If, as they say, happy hens lay more eggs, then my girls must be joyous! Egg production has ramped up considerably, today I got 6 (from 6 hens). Can’t expect any better than that!
I recently screwed up my courage and let them out of their run for a little free-range time, which they enjoyed immensely, although they didn’t stray far from the safety of their home.
They had a grand time munching on my lawn (and a few plants in the garden). I don’t know how much free time they will get though, they’re pretty destructive, and they get plenty of greens already – as well as some kitchen scraps I have taken to chucking most of the weeds I pull into the run for them to eat. My compost may suffer from a lack of material, but I figure that I can just shovel out the bottom of the chicken run periodically and add that to the compost.
Besides, it’s much safer for the hens inside the run, there are a lot of eagles around here (and other birds of prey) who would certainly enjoy a nice chicken dinner if given half a chance…
My plan for dinner tomorrow is – eggs! I’m not yet sure what I’ll do with them, maybe a nice frittata. I think I need to discover more egg-based dishes, anybody have a favourite they wish to share?