Got to agree with you on this. Between cleaning and feeding in the morning and feeding at night we spend 45 minutes to an hour with our chickens. BUT, we are SUPER clean with our coop, cleaning it spotless everyday. Ours free range, thankfully so we don't have to worry about any mud pits from them scratching away the grass.
Here's a weird thing that I can't figure out. Right now we only have one laying pullet (the other 10 are 17 weeks old). Her yolks seem really pale to me. Compared to the store bought hers are paler. The egg shell is strong (stronger than store bought). Is it something with her feed? Mine don't like human scraps. The only treat they like is BOSS. Any ideas.
Here's the other thing I wanted to mention. We buy our eggs commercially in 15 dozen size boxes. Since Washington had a big Avian Flu thing LOTS of commercial chickens were killed and we had an egg shortage for awhile. Never really noticed the shortage other than the the price of eggs was near double! Well, since that time our store eggs have been extra yellow in the yolks and even had some calcium deposit on the shells?! Weird! These are just your regular store bought, white, non organic eggs. Any ideas on this?