Well, we've run out of hay.
Last winter we deep littered the chickens.
Instead of a weekly muck out of the coop, we first put down a deep layer of leaves and grass clippings from the fall cleanup and then put hay in the chickens' laying boxes.
Every week, I'd take an old feed sack full of 2 flakes of hay down to the coop and put it on top with a hand full of corn on top of that. This way the chickens would stir up the layers and the coop would stay sweet smelling. I would also dump out all the hay from the laying boxes onto the floor and put fresh hay in. This way I had pretty clean eggs.
After mucking out the coop a few weeks ago, I realized we had gone through the hay we had bought and put in the garage for the deep littering.
The laying boxes were getting a little muddy from the chickens' feet and thus, the 10 eggs I collected yesterday were in desperate need for a good washing.
What's a girl to do when she is all out of hay and the boxes are getting muddy...and she's out of wood shavings, hay and other good items for the job?
She gets thinking.
My husband taught me how to get our lawnmower going a few weekends ago. All the clippings from the mowing job went into the compost heap...and hay is just dry really tall grass (well kind of)...so I bet you can figure out what I did.
The chickens had to go immediately into the boxes and check out what the new item was...I am always amazed by how curious creatures they are.
Was I rewarded with nice, fresh, non muddy eggs...
Not so much...
maybe I should teach them to wipe their feet off before coming in the (chicken) house.