Pride Going Before the Fall


A number of the free-ranging hens love to get up on top of the stacks of hay under the porch to lay. This works great when the hay is stacked high–for them. They’re so proud of their high abodes. It doesn’t work so well for me because I can’t reach the eggs. Then it doesn’t work so well for them as the stacks start to come down and sometimes the eggs come tumbling down with the hay. And then Casper is so, so happy to clean up all the broken eggs for me while the hens squawk around as if they’ve had their homes destroyed. Which, sort of, they have, but that’s what happens when you build straw houses! Haven’t they ever read The Three Little Pigs?


  1. Nona says:

    Good one about the three pigs! Silly chickens!

  2. Tracey In Paradise Pa. says:

    Oh the chickens! Mine drive me crazy in my garden but so love them.
    Granny Trace

  3. lilac wolf says:

    Maybe you need to start reading that as a bedtime story for them.

  4. holstein woman says:

    Your chickens may do what mine do. Last year the guys who stacked my hay left holes between the bales and I found hen nests in the holes.

  5. Ramona says:

    Straw houses don’t last very long.

  6. B. Ruth says:

    Well then, at least the free rangers are laying close to the house!
    Anchor you a few nesting boxes about door frame high and within step stool reach for you….Those smart hens know where to keep their eggs from snakes, rodents and raccoons! Smart gals!

  7. Window On The Prairie says:

    Silly chickens. Maybe they need a talking to.
    Suzanne :chicken:

  8. Barb says:

    I let my hens run and they they started to go into my horse barn. They got up in the hay mound and what a mess they made.

  9. wickedgoodshari says:

    After hearing about the hen making the bread story (who will help me grind the grain to make the flour?) I would have thought that chickens were better at learning literature lessons. But I guess that’s all a bunch of cluck.

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