During the summer, I added to my chicken flock. We were up to almost 30 hens. I had dreams of dozens of eggs pouring in each day. Plenty for us and our family...
Those dreams were not a reality.
In truth, through much of the summer, I got maybe 5 eggs a day. Pathetic, huh?
I was diligent. I checked the coop. The pasture. We kept them in feed and water.
Still 5 eggs or less.
Then, we'd walk out to find a dead hen.
Then... how many hens do we have?
Why are there so few?
Monday, we found 2 more dead hens.
One with a hole eaten out of it's side. Sorry for the TMI.
It's so frustrating.
We have taken action though. We have built a night time door.
For the longest time, we have been safe from predators within the fenced area, but somehow, something is getting the girls.
So with the nighttime door, we will allow them in and close them up for the night, with hopes that this will solve our problem. Maybe we will begin to see SOME egg production and less loss of hens.
This is one of the difficult lessons, but with any lesson, we learn and grow.