Three eggs snuggling in the nest hasn’t been a very regular sight this month as Ruby is having a massive moult, and that’s put her off her laying. Just as well the other two gals are being productive! Total egg count for April is 67. Ruby laid only 16, Florence laid 25 and Mauricette laid 26. Mauricette is in the husband’s bad books at the moment, so is obviously trying to redeem herself! She kept escaping the coop earlier in the month, flying over the fencing, then pecking & scratching at freshly sown seeds, which earned her a “I’m going to wring her neck!” threat from the husband. I clipped feathers on one wing. Seemed to have solved the problem until Mauricette learned to helicopter up onto the roof of the nesting box, then glide over the fencing and out. Where she then set to pecking & scratching at more freshly sown seeds. That earned her a “where’s my shotgun?” threat from the husband . . . and ended up in my spending an hour or so rigging up some netting higher up, to prevent further escape.
Anyway, for the time being Mauricette is staying inside the enclosure, and not getting into any trouble. Which is just as well since another thing hens like is sand . . . and our asparagus are doing so well, we don’t want any fowl interference.