While I was out there, my usual entourage was close behind.
As I snapped the first photo I heard a great commotion coming from somewhere within the barn. "Bawk bawk BAWK BAWWWWWK!!!" I looked around and spotted one of the white hens up on my husband's work bench having a serious conniption. She squawked for a minute or so then hopped down, still clucking. This flock hasn't started laying yet, but I wondered if maybe.... so I walked over and sure enough, her very first egg had been deposited right there amongst the saw blades and sockets.
I had to laugh. Nest boxes be damned, this girl wants the work bench.
It was her first egg and though I'm proud of her I don't think hubby is too impressed with her choice of locale. Hopefully we'll coax her back into the nest boxes, but who knows. If there's one thing I know for certain, it's that things don't always work out as planned.