In preparation of the new guinea keets which are due at the end of this month, we decided we needed to do some coop rearrangement.
We were having an issue with the other chickens constantly disturbing the 2 broody hens. The other hens just wanted to lay their daily eggs, and the 2 broody hens were taking the 2 most desirable nest boxes. At one time yesterday morning all 9 of our nest boxes were busy and one hen was laying an egg on the floor near the nest boxes. We have 18 hens. I tell you, those nest boxes are busy in the mornings!
|New coop area with door going into guinea-only pen|
We built new nest boxes for the hens and the eggs. We learned last year that keets like to sleep in the nest box where they were born, and last year the nest boxes were very full of young growing keets and their mama hen Bella every night. The new nest boxes were made bigger to accommodate growing keets who haven't yet started to sleep on roosts and still want to sleep beside their mama in a nest box.
Both broody hens were very happy with their new home. They settled in quickly and told us to leave them alone!
Happy Mother's Day!!