Well, after nearly two weeks without an egg (at least, I’m pretty sure it’s been Eloise laying all those other eggs), Georgina Henrietta is back to laying. Today was such a beautiful day, so after I finished a bit of puttering around in the garden – noted the new yellow blossoms on the spaghetti squash vine, planted a fig tree YC gave me last fall, staked some supports for the purple leaf plum tree that has been fighting against its recent transplant, watered the vegetable garden boxes and the potato-planted cuttings – I laid down in the hammock to write and to read a little bit of Kristin Kimball’s The Dirty Life which really is a fantastic, quirky, and funny read about farming and her experience in going from life in the Big Apple to life on a big farm. Meanwhile, GH decided to do some laying of her own. She hopped up into the coop “loft,” and when I opened the door after she came out thirty minutes later, there was an egg. It was covered in the dirt from her most recent dust bath, but a beautiful, perfectly formed egg nonetheless.
I’m not sure if it was the VetRx on her comb and wattle, the diatomaceous earth (DE) in their food and dusting box, the pumpkin seed treats, the yogurt mash, the apple cider vinegar (ACV) in their water, the fence that now protects GH&E from being harassed too much by Boomer, or the lack of handling in the last two weeks. Practically a hen spa over here if you couldn’t tell. But in any case, she is laying again – beautiful, light brown eggs.