The birds are 8 months to maybe 3 years old. I haven’t been keeping good track of the older girls.
They are true free range. I turn them loose in the morning, they come back at dusk for more grub and to roost in the chicken house.
They were laying under the milking stand in the barn, but got wise to the fact that I was swiping the eggs once I was done with milking the goats. The duck hen still lays in the barn. I can find her because the drake stands by, waiting patiently for her. 🙂
I’ll give the dog crate a try. Every girl who gives me an egg gets a tag on her leg, and a stay of execution.
No egg? A one-way trip to Camp Kenmore or Camp Ball Jar.