Monday, January 14, 2013

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

For years, we've kept two hen houses. One for the young hens and one for the old ones.

This provides some genetic diversity at breeding time -- and it gives us a little insurance on one flock surviving a predator attack.

However, in an effort to save time -- and feed, I combined the flocks in late fall and put them all -- 19 hens and three roosters -- in one hen house. They still have room to roam. I figured they'd be fine.

Maybe a break-up will inspire some egg laying.

So, this week, I'm opening up the young hen house and then moving some hens to it. (So it may be a few days before I write another egg mystery report... unless of course, I find an egg!)

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