I forgot to mention the good news! One of our pullets has come into lay!
I wasn’t actually expecting to get any chicken eggs this year. It’s early for that pullet to have come into lay; she is four and a half months old, and they often don’t start laying until five to six months. Our nine hens will all be old enough by about the end of October, but we don’t have any artificial lighting in the coop, so their egg production will slow down and stop just about as soon as it gets going, due to the shortening days. Hens generally need 14 to 16 hours of daylight per day in order to stimulate egg laying.
With as insane as the news has been lately, all I want to do is celebrate the little joys, like fresh home grown eggs.