chooks and eggs

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happy Australorp chickensBefore living at treetops, we had never kept chickens (or any other livestock). Now, we can't imagine life without them. They are truly lovely creatures that have allowed us to experience the true essence of egg! Over the past 5 years we have had many adventures with our chickens - some good and some not so good. But, here is one of our most interesting stories to date...

 

About 3 months ago, we were having major issues with our chicken coop. The rain wouldn't stop pouring, the choko wouldn't stop growing, the bush rats wouldn't stop eating the chook food, and the carpet python wouldn't stop eating the rats and eggs. Long story short, our chickens decided the coop was no longer the place to lay their eggs. And, as chickens often do, they flew the coop and started laying eggs in random clutches all over the property!

Anyway, after finding one too many surprise clutches of rotten eggs, we'd had enough. So, I had what I thought was a brilliant idea! I would take one of the laying boxes to the back door and see if the chickens would start laying there - and they did! So, we had "back door" eggs! Now, we all thought this was brilliant and I was just about to pat myself on the back for being such a great chicken trainer, when the story took a bit of a turn...

The chickens decided that the back door was also a great place to roost. Of course, for us the problem is that chickens are not toilet trained. So, back to the drawing board...

Stay tuned for more great adventures...