Thursday, December 09, 2010


Fact: We have 22 chickens
Fact: Chickens lay a maximum of 1 egg a day (in 99.9% of cases anyway)
Fact: I collected 26 eggs today.....

It seems that the escapee chicken has still been escaping every day and has found a new place to lay. It had stopped laying in its rubbish pile, but I had presumed that it had actually started laying in the nesting boxes as I couldn't find any little piles of eggs anywhere - at least not until today! It appears that the lemon grass plant is preferable to the rubbish pile and I collected 11 eggs from her little stash today. Here's hoping that me removing them doesn't encourage her to find a different spot to lay - I don't have the time or energy for hide and seek right now!


  1. I only have three laying hens, and for a while I was getting no eggs. Then my neighbor came over with a basket of 30 eggs she found in a crawl space under her house.

    On the brighter side, with the impending winter, the hens and rooster have been enjoying freedom to roam the village without me having to worry about them eating neighbors crops.

  2. I really like your mischievous chicken Jo. She's a chicken who completely beats to the sound of her own drum. And I think she's putting you on a bit of an egg hunt isn't she? ; ) She is going to be great towards Easter though. : )

  3. Brother Mike5:50 PM

    I'm not sure which I'm more jealous of. All those fresh eggs, or the lemon grass plant!

    This post, and Kevin's comment had me chuckling away. Classic! Thanks guys!

  4. Oh, poor little chicken having to hide and lay. Are those eggs edible? Or do you chuck them because you don't know how long they've been there for?

  5. Hi Jo,
    My husband and I often visit your blog and we enjoy reading about your experiences in Japan. We are trying to follow in your footsteps, soon, by moving to Yufuin. People think it will be easy for me to live in Japan because I grew up there. I don’t think that will be the case. I have worked in Australia for 2 years as a QLD teacher and have lived in the U.S. for over 13 years. Concerning Japanese culture, I feel I am way behind. Your blog is a window into what is happening in Japan. I just wanted to thank you for sharing and I hope someday I can do the same.

  6. Leland4:57 AM

    I've been reading your blog for quite a bit of time and I can really relate. It's kind of far but I reside in the rural part of central Florida. I took care of 10-12 chickens for 7 or 8 years and it's fun to read about someone else who did the same as I.. Sadly our chickens were attacked by coyotes and are now no more. But please continue to post. I like to study Japanese history and culture as a hobby so it's really interesting to read your blog and see it from an outwardly view.:D