"Dearest chicken, lovely bird,
Love is not too strong a word
For the way I feel for you,
And hope you feel it for me too.
I love you more than I can say,
And even more each passing day!"
Soon all my chickens, including Kiep, my pet hen, will be wanting to lay eggs (they start laying at about 20-24 weeks old, 4-6 months) and Kiep is 25 weeks old now. She is spending more and more of her time with Artemis and only wanders into my Studio at odd occasions now, preferring to roost on the back of the office chair in stead of sitting in the drawer of my desk! Their first eggs will be small and a hen will lay about 20 dozen (240) eggs in the first year and probably no more than 1000 in her lifetime.
So now the hunt is on for nest boxes to put into my two chicken coups, but I've got this feeling that they will prefer to be laying the eggs all around my garden, which their mothers used to do, and I don't really mind, except it's just a bit of security risk as we do have some wild cats and Genets around.