Translation - No eggs today. This was the first day since the girls started laying eggs that we didn't get a single egg. Well, that's not exactly true. Coco laid a shell-less egg sometime last night or early this morning. She laid it from the roost and I found it this morning proudly sitting in a pile of droppings under where she sleeps.
Not exactly a keeper. More like, one for the compost bin. A shell-less egg is just that. An egg that never formed a shell to keep it contained. It's really kind of disgusting. It's like a blob of Jello in the shape of an egg. We've had one before and it didn't even have a yoke inside.
Not sure what the problem was today. Maybe I'm not dolling out enough treats. Or maybe I'm over treating. They could be protesting not getting enough time in the big garden to dig up the few Daffodil bulbs that are still planted. Or maybe they've become true California chickens and they are frustrated with the lack of sunny, warm weather. Not sure how they would know any better as this is their first spring EVER.
Regardless, I came home to three empty nest boxes. I thought someone was playing a trick on me. I even searched their run. I looked under the hen house, behind the compost bin, around the Camellia trees and behind the waterer. But nope. The only eggs to be found were the two plastic Easter Eggs I put in the middle nest box to entice them to lay there.
DH says I should give them a break. That they are over producing and deserve a day off. But I've come to expect colorful little presents waiting for me in the nest boxes at the end of the day. So I gave them some treats and told them how much I loved them. Gave each one a good scratch behind the neck. That is my role as their Flock Mistress since we don't have a rooster to do that for them. And hopefully, tomorrow, everything will be back to normal.