RENEGADE CHICKEN

We LOVE Lucie

Jordanne caught this sequence of photos and I am sure could have written a much more captivating chicken tale but she’s busy with a few new projects at the moment.  In fact, she has almost completed a PAID job creating a website for a client.

Now to our chicken tale.

Our bantam chickens are the most personable chickens in our little flock; however, to put it mildly, a bit on the deranged side.  Especially when it comes to laying eggs.  They have this wild tendency to lay somewhere OTHER than the nesting boxes   The goat’s hay box is one of their favorite places.

These past few weeks, Lucie has made an escape from the animal compound and had been spotted running from the garden a few times.  Of course, this could only mean she’s gone rogue and found a hide away for her clutchful of eggs.  But where?

Temperatures have been climbing and for the snow peas, unfortunately, days were numbered.  This week, their tender leaves and tendrils were shriveling under the hot sun… and, lo and behold,  Lucie’s nest was revealed!

Seems Lucie got it in her little noggin that the nesting boxes aren’t good enough for her brood.

Unfortunately, her secret hide out had to be taken down as we make way for tomatoes.   She was rather upset this morning (poor baby!)  when she discovered that her nest was no more.  But I showed her another little hide-a-way in the goat pen and she seemed to be content with that.

Chickens are such characters!  Gotta luv ’em.

I spy....

a nest of eggs

Looks like a weeks worth!

Done laying, now back to the chicken compound to join the rest of the gals

Comments(14)

  1. Gigi says:

    We have had a variety of laying hens over the years. Some of our layers have been Buff Orpingtons, Barred Rocks, Leghorns, Rhode Island Reds, various sex linked, and Araucanas. Currently, in addition to our Rhode Island Reds, we have Bantams; they are both very well behaved. Of all the breeds we have had, the Leghorns were off the charts. Every time we fed them, they would go spastic. They still were prolific layers, even as they got older, but they never were calm.

    I really like the Bantam eggs; they make a nice addition to my egg supply. They have a large yolk to albumen ratio. You can control the amount of egg in a recipe more exactly as well.

    Growing up, my children would tell me that they would *never* have chickens. They got older and wiser. Those who are able to have back yard chickens do!

  2. Nebraska Dave says:

    Anais, it must be the right time for brooding. My grandson found an egg laying right out in the open at my Terra Nova Gardens property. There are a flock of over 30 wild turkeys that roam freely through out the neighborhood so I suspect it was one of the turkey eggs but I couldn’t believe that they would lay the egg totally uncovered in the watermelon/pumpkin mulch. I’m sure it will be gone by today as there are many other creatures of the night that roam across the land during the night time hours. I’m hoping to see some little wild gobblers soon. So far the turkeys haven’t bothered my garden but I’m sure when the sweat corn begins to come in their wild foraging genes will kick in. :0)

    Have a great chicken brooding day.

  3. Ruth says:

    Gigi, we have had much success with California whites, a cross between Leghorns and California Greys. They are prolific layers, sex linked and are not flighty like Leghorns. McMurray sells them and we have never lost a chick in shipping (and we are in Hawaii).

    • Gigi says:

      Thanks! I will consider them when I order my chicks next year!

  4. Victoria says:

    Awww, that is too cute! We have a cochin that does that. She hides them behind the feed containers in hopes of hatching them I suppose. However, with no rooster around, that isn’t going to happen. Chickens are so cute and funny and I enjoy having them as a part of our little homestead.

  5. Chris Kerston says:

    I’m loving seeing your guys’ blog posts come across the Real Food Media feed. I hope it’s working out great! You should borrow a rooster for a few days or let Lucie and the girls go visit one and then let Lucie raise a clutch. Or you could order fertile eggs to put under her. Bantams go broody pretty easy and they are great mothers. We’ve used them to hatch and raise baby turkeys which is a pretty funny sight! All the best guys!!!

    • Stacy~Creativemuse says:

      That would be such a sight to see! We love our Cochins I can only imagine a Bantamn being sweeter. Our girls are so cute.

  6. cara says:

    My girls are the opposite. They all cue up to use the same nest box. Never mind that there are several side by side to choose from. No they all want the one box. And while they impatiently wait they yell at whoever is “hogging” the box. If one gets really impatient she will try go get into the box with whoever is already there. Needless to say the chicken already in the box is not happy and she does not let the interloper get comfy. Crazy girls.

    • Carrie @ LPOHH says:

      I know exactly what you mean, Cara. We have 10 hens and 5 nesting boxes, but they all want the same box. I went out one morning and there were 5 hens trying to cram into that one box. They crack me up.

  7. Amman says:

    Hi,

    We have 3 chickens that lay one egg each a day. Right now, on average we need a dozen eggs a week for our use. We need some guidance on what to do with the rest of these eggs.

    Thank you,

    Amman

    • Stephen says:

      Sell em. We just got our hens, only six of em, and neighbors are already asking if they can buy eggs from us!

  8. Seán O Ríain says:

    Great site guys, just found a piece on youtube about ye which contained the website address… and here i am.
    I keep a few chickens aswell, light sussex, rhode island red, leghorn, splash wyandottes and a few hybrids too. i also have a pair of muscovy ducks and a pair of geese (embden crosses i think) more for novelty value and to learn a little about them, the chickens i keep for eggs and meat. (im in Ireland so laws are different)
    I planted 50 cabbages this year, the chickens got into the veg patch and ate the cabbages, i was very surprised when the cabbages sprouted again but as soon as there was a few green leaves the chickens were in again and ate them again. Gotta come up with a better fencing system for next spring 😛

    I love the site and will be a regular reader from now on!!!

    • Seán O Ríain says:

      actually forget that gravatar question, it happened automatically when i posted 😛

  9. Michelle says:

    Our bantams do not use the nest boxes at all. They seem to have no rhyme nor reason to where they lay. They lay at all times of the day. I have seen one of them scratching around, stop, move over to a corner of the run really quick, and lay her egg. Curious little chickens they are!

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