Mark made the ladies a lovely set of four wooden nesting boxes. They are neat and tidy and so much nicer than the stacking baskets I was using. Coincidentally, I started finding broken eggs. Sometimes a dented end and sometimes the whole thing cracked. I thought maybe the immature ones were dropping the thinner shelled eggs and they were hitting hard on the wood, then breaking. But, Mark is a farmer and suspected that wasn't the case...
Well, he was right! I caught Sophie yolk-beaked destroying eggs in the nesting box. She had ruined two, then later I found a third. Unless they are teaming up, she is in big trouble! I can't have her ruining that many eggs a day. I was getting ready to call my neighbor to come get her and fry her up (I'm mad, but I could never eat my pets.) But, Taylor said to give him a chance to look up a solution. OK.
"Sophie" aka Bad Chicken!
If she lives through this, I am tempted to put a "Scarlet E" on her chest for Egg-eater!
Tomorrow I will place emptied out shells filled with soap in the boxes and see what happens. Hopefully, she and anyone else tempted will learn a valuable "life" lesson-- Will the solution be a winner or will she be dinner? It's Sophie's Choice! LOL Check back and see what happens!
Gale (madder than an old wet hen!)