Every day is like an Easter egg hunt around here. I thought I had found all of their hiding spots, but then I noticed this hen. Quite clever. This is what is under her:
I decided to let her set on them. We could use some younger hens and some more roosters for meat.
In sadder news, I had to euthanize two older hens today. Tom has always had this task in the past, but he has been working long hours, and I could not see them suffering any longer so I took care of it. It is a first for me. I have not wanted to do it because of the emotional issues involved but also because I did not feel competent at doing it correctly and causing more suffering. Tom grew up on a farm and has hunted since before I met him so has knowledge of these things. He still hates to do it but at least knows what he is doing. So I finally did the deed today twice, and it went OK. I am kind of a wreck, but they are not suffering any more. So I am finally a farmer. It kind of sucks.