I topped off my bulk chicken feeder and refreshed the 7-gallon watering tank for my girls. The boys do a pretty decent job taking care of my hens when I’m away, but not without prompting. I worry that while I’m in Mexico, the girls will be forgotten. But I also know that an empty egg carton at breakfast time will remind my sons to collect eggs and care for the chickens. In the meantime, I want to ensure they have enough food and water to make it through potential neglect.
A turtle pond in the greenhouse serves as a secondary water source. Bugs, worms, and grubs are an excellent secondary food source. The girls won’t starve.
I’ll miss my fresh eggs, and I’ll miss the hens. They are curious and almost social. I enjoy my visits with these comical ladies.
In my post yesterday, I mentioned battery cages used in US and Mexico’s egg production. It dawned on me that some folks may not know what battery cages look like, and how such accommodations affect the well-being of egg layers. I’ve attached a clip produced by the Humane Society. Check it out and compare the hens in the video with the pictures of my hens in this and previous posts. The quality of life is dramatically different. Ask yourself which birds produce the healthier product. http://video.humanesociety.org/video/629262638001/Channels/602022756001/Latest-Videos/1423536355001/A-Better-Life-For-Egg-Laying-Hens/