Betty & Mabel had been at point of lay and considering Mabel's urge to announce her egg songs, I thought I'd probably better open the nest boxes.
I had read that they should be blocked off until point of lay so that the hens didn't sleep and poo in them. I would imagine pooey eggs are not particularly appetising.
I checked where my girls were. They have the upmost curiosity when I am doing anything around the coop, and unsurprisingly are not particularly helpful.
I found them in the newly planted (and newly eaten, pesky rabbit!) border.
|Yes, I CAN see you!|
By the time I had opened the door to the nest boxes I found them here:
That particular manovere took about 10 seconds.
I escorted the ladies out and filled the nest boxes with fresh new straw
Chicken's eye view:
It all looked very snug.
The girls obviously agreed because a few weeks later they were laying lovely eggs, in the right place!