Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Gathering eggs at night

I'm back to milking at night which means I also gather eggs in the dark.  One of my hens is broody and is sitting in one of the two nests the hens lay in so they've found a new place to lay under the 2 nests.  I can't see in the coop to gather them and I have to count them by feel.  Tonight it felt like quite a few in there and they were still warm.  I felt around to grab a few at a time and realized what I was feeling was too smooth, warm and definitely not eggs.  I came in the house to get a flashlight and drag James out with me to look. 

Yeah, that's what I thought.

We decided to let him have them and hope he's gone in the morning.  I doubt he'll bother the chickens.  They might bother him if he's still there in the morning. 


  1. Don't you love black snakes. A couple of weeks ago one was climbing the big walnut tree, after owl eggs I think. Anyway, a screech owl knocked it out of the tree. Today, I almost stepped on a black snake but that is much different than touching one in the dark.

  2. Yikes! That's a bit of a shocker when reaching into a nest box! We've got lots of snakes here, but none that go for eggs. Our chickens eat any snakes that crosses their path!

  3. Sounds like the "snake killers" (the twins) need to come take care of him for you. :)