The smallholding hybrid hens – who are actually lovely, they are friendly, let kids pick them up and lay lots of delicious eggs – have started to be just a little bit naughty. They like hanging out in the alpaca shelter and have taken to laying their eggs there in the hay that is stacked up and fluffed out for the alpacas’ breakfast.
The downside of them doing this is many eggs have been tenuously resting on wisps of straw above a long drop down the back of the hay bales – lots of them have been falling and smashing much to the delight of the egg-eaters!
So, as the hens like the alpaca shelter so much we are making them their own chicken suitable alpaca shelter that will be full of hay.
Of course while we had the augur for making holes James drilled another 40 holes for our cider orchard and some more native trees to provide shade on the site (and to make up for cutting down so many trees in the copse) – buying and planting these trees is a project for next weekend or the one after.