If I were a chicken and I had the choice of laying an egg in picky pokey straw or a soft bed of pine shavings, I know what I would choose. But my chickens beg to differ.
Helen (Reddy) has been insistent for several weeks that she be allowed to nest in the hay/straw aisle. And each morning I have to pick her up and insist she go back to the coop. After doing this several mornings,I finally got it through my thick head to place some straw in a nesting box as an experiment.
Clearly Helen wasn't the only girl who thought that was a swell idea. So I made two more.
Even with a choice of three straw nesting boxes, Helen still prefers the hay aisle. And not just in the morning. When the girls are allowed their free range time and i return to round everyone up, I often hear a squawking from the barn. Sure enough, she has left the flock, returned to the barn, flown over the barrier to get cozy in the hay/straw and finds herself stranded, or so she thinks.
She was a little perturbed to find herself the star of my Candid Camera video the other day.
And speaking of chickpeas...
A couple of nights ago I made a new recipe that was quick to whip up, tasty, and easily made vegan.