The girls are gone, and we shall be eggless for a few months, until the new flock begins to lay. It's always a sad day when the old flock has to go because they've been faithful layers for years by the time they're ready for "retirement."
I am happy about their new home. They will be part of a young man's FFA project. He figures he;ll get enough eggs from them (with the help of his lonely rooster) to start a small flock. The hens were still laying a couple eggs a day--not enough to justify their feed as layers, but for his project, enough to suit his needs.
It's funny--I only wanted a dozen layers, but bought 15 chicks to cover any that might not survive. All 15 are still kicking. Then our neighbor brought us 6 more to replace one of our hens killed by his dog (that's a good neighbor) so we've ended up with 21 healthy birds. I am hoping we'll have one rooster in the flock-since our died (old age) last fall I have missed hearing him crow in the mornings.
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