Our two new hens have been settling into their new environment fairly well. They've been pecking at their house door in the mornings, eager to get out and enjoy the day. We can hear it from our bedroom window so I've been getting up early to let them out so as to give them a gentle and calm way to start their day. I wouldn't want them to become anxious. It has been really wet and miserable for their first days at our house, so I put a large piece of chipboard over the top of their cage to provide a little shelter, but they spend all their days out under the rain, I haven't spotted them using the shelter at all.
Our other two hens, Rosie and Bizzy Lizzy have been doing a lot of squawking at the new girls in their caged area. Bizzy Lizzy is a flighty hen (she's a Scots Dumpy) and has been doing some new alarm call noises that we've not heard before. And yet she seems to spend a lot of time near the new girls cage anyway?
Rosie is keeping her distance but as she is already laying eggs again, perhaps it is just that she wants to stay near her house. I have even resorted to keeping her in the house with a rubber egg to remind her of what her body wants to do and where it needs to be done. Last summer we had to hunt for eggs hidden around the garden in mystery nesting spaces, and we don't want to go through that again!
The littlest of the new hens laid her first egg for us today - and it is much darker than any of the other Australorp eggs we've ever had. It is smaller too. Eggs still amaze me! Like little gifts from our dear pets.
Rosie - Australorp x2 eggs, new bigger Australorp lays a light brown egg, new smaller Australorp lays a little brown egg, Bizzy Lizzy - Scots Dumpy, a shiny white egg.