As many of you know, I own a bunch of freeloading chickens. Out of 44 chickens, NONE are laying. Yes, a lot of them are still too young to lay, and that's okay. But some should definitely be laying by now, and just plain refuse to get to work! Anyway, to help with my frustration over this, I decided to start a daily journal about my freeloading chickens in the hopes it will embarass them into laying. I will post an update daily, and update the stats on the freeloaders (age of just the chickens I have that are old enough to lay) weekly. Feel free to post your suggestions, comments, or whatever; even if you want to post and gloat about how many eggs you're getting every day from your good little layers (that's what karma is for). STATS FOR THE WEEK STARTING ON 01/27/08: 2 Silkie hens, about one year old, both broody, so no eggs. 3 Mille Fleur D'Uccle hens, 26 1/2 weeks old, no eggs. 3 Delaware hens, around 20 weeks old, no eggs. 3 EE mutt hens, around 20 weeks old, no eggs. 5 Silkie hens, 19 1/2 weeks old, no eggs. DIARY ENTRY FOR THE DAY OF 01/28/08: A nice, sunny, warm day today; a welcome break from all the rain we've been getting for the past week. You'd think the nice day would get my freeloaders to finally start laying; but no, of course not. They have every sign of egglayers (except eggs): red combs and faces, wet vents, and squatting. Been doing all that for weeks now. But no eggs. It really makes me wonder how they can live with themselves... I feed them, care for them, had my DH build them a big fenced yard to keep them safe from predators, give them nice big nests in nice warm coops to lay their eggs; but I get no eggs for all love, all my hard work, all my commitment to them. Sigh.