The slacker hens have been on my list this summer. I am between flocks - the older hens are slowing down, the little hens were not old enough to lay. Between that and the incredible heat, our egg production slowed to 1 or 2 per day - from 27 hens!!!! That is a lot of dead weight, so to speak, and I was getting kind of grumpy about it. Good thing I adore those ladies.
But the little hens have kicked into gear and egg production is up to 10-12 a day. I am happy, my hens are happy, and I have stopped bad-mouthing those hard working girls! (Except for Keesha - the meanest hen in the world who has now gone broody for the second time this summer. Keesha - just get off the nest already!!!!)