Harriet is proving to be the watchdog of my mini-flock. She’s the only one who even notices when the neighbor dogs cruise past.
(That’s not even a dog, really – it’s a very large five-month-old puppy.)
And when the big scary great blue heron landed near the coop last week, Harriet is the one who sounded the alarm call. When I went down to shoo the heron away, I saw that Harriet had gotten the other three to bunch up together beneath the coop for safety.
But I also vote Harriet as “Most Likely To Peck My Eyes Out If I Slip And Fall Inside The Chicken Tractor.” So there’s that.
Egg production has dropped off slightly as the season progresses. By my last calculations, we’re averaging about 2.75 eggs per day.
That’s not too bad, considering we only get about 11 hours of daylight right now. And I was informed by many sources that “hens stop laying when hours of daylight are less than N.” Where I’ve seen N equal anything from 14 to 17.
This concerned me, because at this latitude that would mean that the chickens would be laying eggs for about three months a year. (Or NO months per year, if we go with 17.)
I figured this wasn’t the case, but I’m always glad to see common sense get backed by empirical evidence.