The field population of hens has reached somewhat of a tipping point.
Yesterday I collected just one bloody egg!
I have 38 hens ( I audited them all this morning how's that for being anal?)
This year 12 of the very old hens have died.1 young bright thing was taken by the fox in the middle of a funeral and 2 other youngsters drowned themselves by accident in one of the water butts and after checking over the remaining girls, I now realise that I have effectively have only 8 young egg laying birds in their prime.
The rest ( the crackhead whores, my original black hookers from when I started off keeping chickens and all of the fat old buffs) are getting on a little now, and all are entering that twilight time of their poultry years.
I will have to face the fact that I am now the matron of a hen home for the aged, infirm and physically knackered .
I am renaming the field "shady Pines"
Time to get some fit new girls me thinksps/ now what 1980s comedy show characters referred to "shady Pines" when they threatened to send one of the "older" members of their group to a retirement home?