Friday, November 6, 2015

Lucille...Woman of Mystery X3

You might remember that our decrepit old rooster, Kenny Rogers,
lives in the barn (Witness Protection Program).
Every day he is visited by Lucille, a little red hen.
Now, Lucille is a woman of mystery.
She keeps her business very private.
No one knows where she roosts at night.


She is often seen around the barn, tending to outdoor chores or
foraging for insects.


But when she is not hanging around the barn, we have no idea where she goes.
Now, the mystery gets even better that this.


Apparently, there are three Lucilles.
I know this because I have seen all of them together visiting Kenny.

Three Lucilles, three mysteries!

One of the Lucilles lays an egg in the wheelbarrow full of hay in Kenny's stall each day.
The other two?  Who knows.

Who knows...that is...until yesterday.


Yesterday while cleaning up the previous night's turkey poop droppings 
and filling the turkeys' water and food...


I happened to notice a little red hen sitting in the corner of the turkey house.


Upon closer inspection I saw that there was quite a clutch of eggs beneath said hen.


I carefully removed the eggs, one by one, to find 21 eggs!


I have no idea if this nest is used by one or by two Lucilles.
It's all still a bit of a mystery.


Not knowing exactly how old these eggs were,
I took them home and candled them to make sure there were no chicks in them...
and then put them in a pan on the stove.

The dogs get hard boiled egg with their breakfast each morning,
so this pile of eggs will serve that purpose for a couple of weeks.

The amazing thing is...
I clean the turkey house each morning...
and up to this point have not noticed a pile of eggs in the far corner!
From now on I will be sure to check daily.

It's been a little while (ok, just a week) since I posted a picture of the pink fairy.
Her Mommy sent this to me last evening and I just had to share it with you...
she's changing every day!

10 comments:

Dawn McHugh said...

I love the fact that Kenny is on the witness protection scheme, we have a rooster that lives alone in his bachelor pad, never leaves never challenges the other one, he returns to is own perch alone every night even with the little gate open he dosent venture out and he dosent let the girls in he chats to them through the mesh they are such characters chickens :-)

NanaDiana said...

That is so funny. Maybe you have 21 Lucilles? lol
Love that the girls visit ol' Kenny. He must know how to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em or they wouldn't be there. lol
That pink fairy is ADORABLE!!!! xo Diana

Debra She Who Seeks said...

What a find!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

what a stash of eggs! i give teddy an egg most mornings but she doesn't always eat them. chows are so picky. i need a pink fairy!

Missy George said...

Wow!! That's a lot of dog food! I'll bet you often find little surprises around the farm.Cute video..She's a sweetie..Happy Friday..

NotThatKindOfFarmer said...

Very nice article.
and pictures are also beautiful
Thanks for sharing.

Country Gal said...

Quite the mystery indeed ! Nice hall of eggs though . Oh the pink fairy is growing like a weed ! Lovely photos . Thanks for sharing Have a good weekend !

Lynne said...

Quite the stash!
Love the coos in the video . . .
I think she is going to be an early talker!

daisy g said...

Wow! I just love a good mystery! ;0D

Karen L. Bates said...

Nice haul of eggs! Bet all the dogs are very happy. Dash loves his eggs too. Your little pink fairy is just adorable...enjoy.

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