Rooster & Hen's Big Adventure
As you all know, we free range our chicken layers. They have the entire 33 acres to roam about, eat bugs, grasshoppers and clean up after the cows and pigs.
Scott has also built "egg mobiles" that have automatic door openers -- that close at dusk and open at dawn -- allowing the chickens to lay their eggs during the day and roost at night in the comfort and safety of the egg mobile.
While we believe that our animals have it pretty good here on the farm, we don't tuck them in the egg mobiles at night nor do we take head counts every day. They do what they want, and normally, we don't have any surprises.
This past Saturday wasn't normal.
The morning started off with our farm chores and feeding everyone. Then we loaded up our market trailer and we made the ~45-minute drive to the Haile Village Farmers' Market from Lake City.
As we were setting up at the farmers' market, we began to hear a rooster crow. We know that Haile Village doesn't allow roosters so the first few times we figured it for someone's ring tone. When the crows kept coming, Scott thought it best to check the bed of his truck -- after all, chickens had been known to get in the bed of his truck before and hide under the toolbox.
He checked the bed and found no chickens; he even circled the truck a few times and saw nothing. He even looked under the truck, and again saw nothing. Just then, he heard clucking. He knelt down and peered under the truck again and looked up, deep into the wheel well and oh my goodness, there was a rooster and a hen -- perched on the axle of the truck!!
Scott was able to quickly catch the rooster, but the hen was a little more spry. Thanks to Jason Green (Green Pens) for helping to catch the hen! Rooster and Hen were both safely secured and tucked into the cab of the truck to patiently wait until market was over.
We are happy to report that Rooster and Hen were calm and relaxed during the wait and drive BACK to Lake City. Although this time it was in the safety of the CAB of the truck. (Pictured below.)
A few things I'd like to know are:
* What were they thinking?
* How many times had they done it before?
* What was their conversation like on the 45-minute trip to the market?
* Were their beaks open in complete shock or were they pursed tightly shut?
* And most importantly, will Hen's egg-laying schedule resume without delay? We need those eggs.
So, the next time we have to explain while the ladies aren't laying like they should, we'll have to add adventures like this one as a possible cause!
Until next time,
Pictured Below: Hen (L) and Rooster (R) arrived safely on the farm.
They were in no mood for pictures.