Who was the doubting Thomas who asked the question:
“Hey Bayou Woman! How does a rooster help with egg laying, anyway? They’re just useful if you want fertilized eggs!”
Well, while that may be true, my remark about Earl Grey (or T-boy for short) helping her “kick up her egg production” was just that–an off-handed remark.
Somehow, though, I was hoping that his strong, male presence would bring her such a sense of security, that she would get over her post-traumatic-stress-anti-egg-laying disorder and start giving something back in exchange for the continued room and board offered her.
Oh, ye of little faith.
The rooster has done his job.
The happy couple has produced their first egg. And to answer your next question:
NO! I am not going to let Lady Grey hatch it.
Why not, you ask?
Because I’m a lazy chicken farmer. Even though my secondary motive for getting her a husband-protector was so that they could raise babies of their own, that will take place in the spring, when the chicks won’t need to be coddled or have heating lamps added to the coop.
Until then, I figure if I take every egg she lays, then she will boost her egg production back to where it should be, which is an egg a day.
Hey, call me cruel, but I think she’s happy just to have the company.
Little does this rooster know, but he was about to become chicken stew when I asked my friends if they had an extra rooster they could spare. He should thank his lucky eggs!
Maybe we should have named him Lucky Duck!
Off to the feed store for more Lay Pellets and cracked corn.