I’d been putting off building the nest boxes for my hens, but one of the girls starting to lay eggs this last week lit a fire under me on that project.
So, we got them done, and installed on Saturday. Penelope was curious checking them out, but time will tell if the all of the girls will be able to figure out without help that eggs belong in the boxes, since only one seems to be laying so far.
Thankfully, whichever hen that has started laying managed to figure out that eggs belong in the nest box twice already! So far, eggs seem to be appearing about every other day, which I expect will get more frequent as the girls get older. One of the eggs that we’ve gotten so far was a double yolk! Sadly, it was wasted on being scrambled instead of being cooked over-easy.
I’m glad I made the egg door larger than the directions called for on the coop plans. It’s still small enough with the nest box divider in the middle that hens won’t be able to try to escape easily through the egg door, and large enough to be able to see what I’m doing reaching for eggs. I may need to put in some sort of threshold to keep the fir shavings from blowing out when I open the egg door, though.
On Sunday, a trip to the pet store for more goldfish flakes led to some impulse buys that resulted in a remodel of my fish tank. I’d dug out most of the gravel a while back since it was such fine particles, it was hard to clean, and I’d seen some neat ideas online for bare-bottom fish tanks.
I decided it was time for gravel again (bigger gravel than before), some new decor… and some new tank-mates. I’m thinking that the neon tetras I bought were a rip-off since they’re so tiny I’m having to keep them in a “breeder box” so they don’t get sucked into the filter, or swallowed by a goldfish. A few are quite small enough to get sucked up a turkey baster, if that helps for size reference. Hopefully they do okay in the little floating breeder box until they get bigger! (And yes, I’m aware that it’s generally not advisable to keep goldfish and tropical fish in the same tank, but they’ve been doing fine for about the last year)
Unfortunately for the cats, Monkey and Mia’s only adventure this weekend was to get their monthly flea medicine, which they both completely hate, and Mia got a minute or two of rare “outdoor time” when she escaped out the back door while I was putting chickens away for the night. Thankfully, she stops moving as soon as she hits the grass, and starts chowing down, so she’s pretty easy to catch and put back in the house.