We care for this little acreage along Highway 1 in Johnson County, Iowa. If you come by to visit you can meet a few kids - both of the two legged and four legged variety- a couple of dogs and a whole lot of chickens. And two fairly tired but happy parents.
Monday, September 26, 2011
We've noticed in the last couple of days our hens haven't been laying as many eggs; they slowed down to about four per day instead of their usual six. We read that our henny pennys need about 14 hours of daylight and we are only getting twelve. So today we bought a timer for our lighting. Tomorrow the light inside the coop should come on at around 5 a.m. and then at night it will get dark naturally. If you turn out their light abruptly when it's dark outside they might panic and not know how to get back to their roost. We spent about six dollars on our timer, but we know we will earn that money back from the additional eggs they lay.