By day they roam the garden (and occasionally, but not often, other people's gardens), by night they live in a palatial residence that has (so far) proved fox-proof. I hope I do not tempt fate by writing that.
They Do Not Like The Snow and a lot of complaints have been voiced about the white stuff we've had recently although one or two did start laying again during that very cold week. I think they decided it was cosier in the nest box than anywhere else and laying an egg gave them an excuse to hog the only warm spot around!
Emerging from the Chicken Palace to find snow a couple of weeks ago.
Not Happy despite our favourite mealworms for breakfast!
Here they are happily bustling about in the rose beds yesterday:
... and obligingly gathering together to be
As I say, they are laying again which is good news after quite a long break over the winter. Bantam eggs are about half the size of a large hen's egg although they don't scale down exactly - the yolks are almost as big as you would find in a large hen's egg while the whites are quite a bit smaller. I tend to use two bantam eggs though where recipes specify one large egg and it seems to work OK. The flavour (and colour) is unbeatable.
Today's egg haul. Not all of these were laid today, some are from yesterday or the day before, but the top ones are today's. I think it's fascinating the way that the shell of a new-laid egg subtly changes its colour over a day or two. I haven't quite worked out what it is that changes but you can always tell a new-laid egg from an egg that is a day or two old.
There may even be enough for a sponge cake .... !
Edited to add:
There were enough eggs for a sponge cake!
As you can see from the evidence.
But not quite enough to make lemon curd as well with which to sandwich the cake together. I did peer into the nest box hopefully this morning humming "Chick, chick, chick, chicken, lay a little egg for me" because I only needed one more but there was nothing doing, so it had to be last summer's strawberry jam and crème fraîche instead. No complaints so far though!