The hens have stopped laying eggs…

…and about time, too.


The Leghorns will be two years old in August and this is their first molt. So I guess they’re due a vacation while they grow new feathers. A hen can’t make eggs and feathers at the same time, at least not on any industrial scale.


Kind of irritating to go to the trouble of raising them, though, when you’re reduced to buying eggs in town while they’re on their little sabbatical.

While fiddling around with chickens this morning I noticed Landlady’s automatic water pump was automatically pumping water.


This is the first time since the installation I’ve caught it doing that. Probably just making up for one-way valve seepage or something. Nice to confirm that it works from time to time.

And while I was out and around this morning, and before it got hot, I started another promised chore…


Up on the fill dirt above the edge of Ian’s powershed. I need to run a power cord out of the shed and up to the surface, so it can be extended up to the new pressure pump when/if that gets installed this summer. I haven’t heard anything about that project but last I heard it was ongoing, and shouldn’t have put off commencing my part of it so long. Now it’s getting hot – it hit 103o yesterday before storm cells came through.

Anyway, the first and only really strenuous part of the chore is finding the powershed wall through all that dirt. It’s deeper than I expected. But once I get the hole extended far enough I’ll push a hole saw through the header and then run conduit and cable to the surface.

About Joel

You shouldn't ask these questions of a paranoid recluse, you know.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to The hens have stopped laying eggs…

  1. Ben says:

    Run two conduits while you are at it. It’s not much extra work, and you never know.

  2. Kentucky says:

    You did check to make sure a leak wasn’t flooding the house . . . right?

  3. Norman says:

    RE: LL’s automatic water pump – the display indicates power is being consumed, is there a display/recording meter somewhere else that shows how much water is being moved from that power consumption?
    And, maybe, to where?

    Assuming a properly constructed sealed hydraulic system, unless demand of some type is initiated flow should be zero. I’m assuming LL isn’t present, so that rules out manual demand; there might be automated demand, such as a time-determined water softener backflush process. If there’s a leak somewhere in the system it might be good to know where, even if it’s a recalcitrant check valve.

  4. Joel says:

    No, the busily animated displays show that water is moving from the pump to the tank, and how much power it’s taking, but can’t show how much water is moving.

  5. matismf says:

    So are the hens about to become Laddie food???

To the stake with the heretic!