Do you ever wonder why you're not getting as many eggs as you should be? Wonder where on earth your hens are laying that is so much more attractive than the boxes you have painstakingly prepared for them and check each and every day? Search no more. As we were getting the patio fireplace pulled out from under the lean-to so our daughters and their friends could roast smores over the weekend, lo and behold...eggs! Yep, apparently our hens don't feel the least bit frightened about being roasted up for dinner and conveniently laid some eggs in the fireplace. Fried eggs anyone?
So now we know where the layers are laying, but if you are BO, you are no longer laying, but setting on eggs. Here you can see the box in the corner. Actually, it is the top of a dog crate but it works wonderfully. DH simply placed it over her as she was setting on the eggs in the corner of the hen house, and as you can see, the chicken wire is separating the two sides of the hen house.
He then went into the other side and cut out a piece of the wood and lifted the wire up. It will be simple enough to fix when she hopefully has raised some little chicks. She has the whole side to herself. We usually call it the sick pen because we put injured or ill chickens on that side, but for now I think we will call it the nursery. You can see she is not exactly impressed with all the attention and she is not letting on if she likes the arrangement or not. Time will tell.