Look what I found under some of our hens today, this was hours after I had done the first sweep of the henhouses fetching the eggs. With the much higher temperatures of the last few days three of them have gone broody on me, including Mother Goose, who must now have decided that her three HUGE children are most definitely big enough to look after themselves.
Of course this now means that I must be vigilant each day and go out and fetch the eggs from under them. We don't want any more chicks on the smallholding this year. We have more enough hens at the moment.
Hopefully I will be able to persuade them that motherhood is not all it's cracked up to be and get them out and about eating and drinking with the others. While a hen is broody she usually stops laying, and disassociates herself from the flock, I don't want to have any outsiders while the goslings are growing so quickly, and these three are simply pinching the other girls eggs to sit on.
What's more annoying at the moment is that I haven't actually got any eggs to eat myself!!
We sold out of eggs at the Car Boot sale last week and then Lovely Hubby had a bumper order from work which we just about managed to fulfill and now, she says with a sad sulky face, I haven't got any eggs for me!!
And on a completely different note....
Today I have made a decision NOT to spend any money for the rest of the month.
There are three reasons,
1. I don't have much money left.
2. I don't think really I need anything.
3. I want to eat up what we have in the cupboards and freezers to make room for storing and freezing our own produce in the next few months in readiness for Winter.
So although I will still have my normal weekly housekeeping allowance of £50, in case of emergencies, I'm going to try NOT to spend it. Whatever is over at the end of each week will be transferred to the £2012 in 2012 Challenge pot, which is looking decidedly poor at the moment and way behind where it should be.
Call me strange (and some folk do), but I like the idea of this, let's see how long I can go before I spend any money.