If you taunt me, I will lock you up.

I finished mowing the orchard and it looks great.  Now I need to focus on pruning and other winter orchard management things – once I find out what they are. 

As I was going up and down mowing my lovely straight lines I heard the chickens making that “I’ve laid an egg” squawk, which was like music to my ears.  They have been off the lay for what seems like ages, but from what I understand that’s what they do in the winter.  So to hear the proud cry of an egg layer was so awesome.  We won’t need to buy eggs anymore! Yay.

Two of my worst sneaky egg layers.  Lay me some EGGS!

Two of my worst sneaky egg layers. Lay me some EGGS!

So I raced into the coop to check out the new nesting boxes expecting to find a couple of freshly laid, still warm eggs.  Did I find any?  Nope.  Not even one.  After all the effort I went to, to make lovely new nesting boxes, and it was an effort, especially when I hit my thumb with the hammer and did a bit of damage.  But the chickens really don’t seem to appreciate that.

In it, not on it!

In it, not on it!

Another chicken let out the “I’ve just laid an egg” squawk but it seems to have been followed up with a “and you’ll never find it ….  Nah nah neh nah nah” squawk.   Something wasn’t quite right.  This sound was coming from outside the coop.  Despite all my best efforts to create a chicken version of Fort Knox.  Throughout the day the chickens continued to taunt me as they somehow escaped, laid an egg and then got back in again.  The kids saw one fly right over the gate – despite having a clipped wing.

They have loads of space in their new and improved luxury chicken pad.

They have loads of space in their new and improved luxury chicken pad.

The thought of more babies was enough to spur me into action.  I don’t want more egg shaped fluffy bums, no matter how cute.  I want eggs – to eat!  So I took drastic action.  I have created a new and improved luxury chicken coop and they will enjoy it whether they want to or not!  I rounded them all up and locked them in.  I read somewhere that they will need at least three days to give in and lay their eggs where I want them to.  Just to be sure I’ll leave them in there for a week.  When I get regular eggs in the right place – I’ll let them out.  Think of it as some kind of chicken time out!

They have an outside place to feel the sun on their feathers.

They have an outside place to feel the sun on their feathers.

Come again soon – I’m thinking of re-potting the lavender next, they are looking a little poorly.

Sarah the Gardener  : o )

12 Comments on “If you taunt me, I will lock you up.

  1. Nice flock of chickens! Oh, and there’s always plenty to do on the farm I don’t bother with a list. One day just leads to another and sooner or later it will either be to hot or to cold, raining, snowing, etc. Just do the best you can when you can and it will turn out perfectly AWESOME!

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    • Hi There. I found without a list I would wander from one task to another, but avoid the ones that really needed doing as I knew they would be hard work and then I had to work even harder to get things done or it would be too late. The list has be great stopping me putting stuff off until tomorrow. I am the worst procrastinator ever!
      Cheers Sarah : o )

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  2. I loved this post Sarah. I looked after my DIL’s chooks for a month while she and my son were overseas. I learned all about ‘pecking order’ and where the saying came from. Such personalities.
    Let us hope your chooks learn to know who is boss – and the top of the pecking order – You.

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    • Hi Jean. I think chickens are much more clever than they are given credit for. If you ever try and follow a chicken to her secret nest, she will lead you on a wild goose chase and you still won’t find the eggs.
      Cheers Sarah : o )

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  3. very humerous post, the chickens at top seem to be mocking you, hey we laid some eggs but you can’t have them lol. you have some pretty chickens there,

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    • Hi Roberta.
      I definitely think those chickens were mocking me. They haven’t given in yet and are pacing about the place with their legs crossed, desperate to get to their secret spot.
      Cheers Sarah : o )

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