Every year we have hen who just wants to be alone when it comes to egg laying. No matter what we have put in her pen, and although the other hens are contented, she wants to be alone. The first we know of it is when having laid her egg we hear her call to her chums on the inside as she sits waiting to be let back in. Amusingly she gets out by herself, but has to be let back in.
There are two key questions for us, and we have to answer them soon. Where is she getting out, because that’s a vulnerability to the whole flock, but we haven’t found anything yet. So it is the usual watching and searching game, what fun…..
The other issue is just where can she be laying her eggs. She has been undertaking this walkabout for just over a week so she could go broody anytime, and that’s typically when they get taken. So again it is a case of watching, waiting and following..
Yup, there is always one…