Yesterday was market day, and I am out at the break of dawn taking care of the animals. I'm always in a hurry because I have to wait for daylight to open the Moop, but the market opens at 7 am and I like to get there as early as possible with the raw milk deliveries.
When I got home from market late afternoon yesterday, I saw that the lid from the plastic tote holding the chicken feed was flipped onto the ground. There were chicken tracks in the feed, and a couple of droppings that I had to remove. Then when I walked over to the feeders, I realized that I had forgotten to add feed to them in my rush to get chores done that morning.
What I want to know is how a bunch of chickens managed to get that tote lid off. It was a snap on lid. All I can figure is that Androo, my new intern, didn't snap it on tightly when he closed it up on Friday morning. I just cannot believe that a three pound chicken could get that lid up any other way. And even then, what a feat! My chickens are truly super chickens - surviving Tashi attacks, kestrel attacks and a forgetful mother!!
And to my delight, I found six - count 'em, SIX - eggs in the nest. That is six eggs from 10 hens. It is the first time they have laid at a rate higher than 50%. Shall I let them self feed from the tote on a daily basis? Maybe I have something here!!