The girlz have been in 'run lockdown' for the past 48 hours and they staged a collective temper tantrum in protest. They ordinarily free-range from dawn until dusk but due to unprecedented predator losses this month, we had no choice but to call a moratorium on yard privileges. Until we get these coyotes under control, that's just the way it has to be.
An 'egg strike' was then called and who can fault them for that? There's only so long they can stage an egg strike before someone explodes, so the next day, they were forced to report to work as usual. Egg strikes are not without consequence. Check out the size of the egg that resulted. It's difficult to provide photographic perspective on the enormity of this thing; it's not just the length, but the girth and weight that make this a marvel. Weighing in at a whopping 85 grams (3ounces), it's a wonder that the hen who laid this thing isn't in the hospital on a morphine drip.