Published on January 29, 2013 by Henny Penny in Penny's Posts
I recently received my 'Nice Pecks' 2013 calendar from the Happy Egg company, who provide free range eggs to supermarkets. This is a beautifully produced calendar containing 12 rather wonderful and exquisite cockerels - one per month.
This is fascinating because apparently the company has research that suggests that when chickens have a cockerel within their flock they become calmer and therefore happier! But because eggs sold in supermarkets must not be fertilised, commercial egg producers cannot allow a cockerel to mix with their chickens. So they came up with the idea of this colour calendar to be placed within their chicken sheds for the girls to dream about.
I decided to put this to the test (even though we do actually have our very own feathered pin-up - Henry). And so I put the calendar up in my Henny Penny Manor House a week ago last Monday. I positioned it at perch height so that the girls can look at it before they go to sleep, and again when they wake up next to him in the morning.
Now in these wintry conditions I have normally been getting about 8 eggs per day. Would you believe it that when I went down to open up the hen house the following morning I collected 11 eggs, which is an 'eggstroadinary' increase of 37.5%!!! I guess that proves they must love Mr January. OK, I know it's not exactly an experiment carried out under strict scientific controls, but I can't wait until they meet Mr February. Let's see if he can keep it up!
Tags: Happy Eggs, Happy Egg Company, Manor House, chickens, hen house, Nice Pecks
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