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Lei'lira begins her day with the task of collecting eggs. Work thread.

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The rooster crowed loudly. Lei'lira muttered in sleepy annoyance. The rooster crowed again. To Lei'lira's sleep fogged mind, it sounded more urgent than before, even though she knew it wasn't true. But her pleasant dream world had shattered at the strident call. It was time to get up, and no amount of wishful thinking would change that.

Lei'lira dressed quickly. She paused just long enough to grab her soup bowl before heading out to start work. The early morning air was cool, but it was refreshingly so. The cold of winter was no longer lingering in the air.

Collecting the eggs each morning would be a lot easier if I didn't have to find the hens first... she thought ruefully.

Lei'lira vowed to herself that she would build a chicken coop as soon as she had enough money saved up to buy the lumber she'd need. That was for the future, though. For now, she had five hens to find. Chickens were stupid animals. But even they knew better than to nest too far away from a steady food supply. It was for this reason that Lei'lira didn't have to fear that her hens would become lost as they tried to nest away from the farm.

Her first stop was at the barn where she put a thin lining of straw in the bottom of her bowl. This would give her something soft to put her eggs on, and hopefully prevent them from moving around much as she searched for her hens. Once that was done, it was time to begin the hunt in earnest. Since this was just the first task of the day, Lei'lira hoped that it wouldn't take too long.

The first egg was easy enough to find. One of the hens had chosen to nest in a clump of tall grass growing beside the barn door. Lei'lira might had tripped over the nest when she emerged from the barn had the hen not clucked loudly in protest.

"Well, that's a silly place to build a nest, now isn't it?" she scolded the still frantic hen.

"What if one of the horses stepped on you by mistake when I let them out for some exercise?"

It wasn't likely to happen, of course. Horses hated to have anything beneath their hooves other than the ground. Stepping on anything by accident wasn't something one had to worry about often when it came to horses. Doing it on purpose to express their irritation however...that was another story. How often had Darkwind, or Kaiyu stepped on her foot when she accidentally pulled their manes too hard while grooming them? Lei'lira had stopped even trying to count long ago. Neither horse was afraid to make their displeasure well known when the situation warranted it in their opinion.

"Still...I suppose that it's unlikely that a predator will find you with your nesting there. Most predators around here won't risk coming this close to the barn with Shinta there to guard it." she mused.

Lei'lira waited until the hen calmed down before attempting to check to see if she had laid an egg. Reaching under a hen that was worked up over something was a good way to get your hand pecked. She had learned that much long ago. When she eased her hand under the hen, she was pleased to feel something hard, and oval. Lei'lira's hand closed around the egg gently as she withdrew it from underneath the hen. Then the egg went into her bowl.

"Don't look at me like that, you silly bird. This isn't the first time I've taken your egg, and it won't be the last." she said firmly when the hen protested vigorously.

One egg down, and hopefully four more to go. she thought with satisfaction.
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Searching in and around the barn produced no more nests, so it was time to broaden her search. Lei'lira asked herself where she would build a nest if she were a chicken. After a moment, she laughed at herself for trying to think like a chicken. But the idea was a good one. Animals couldn't reason things out the way people did. So they had to rely on their instincts to get by. They were focused solely on survival, and getting the things they needed to survive. Food, water, shelter, safety. And they were driven by their instincts to reproduce. The strongest, and healthiest survived. The weak, and the sickly...didn't. It was that simple.

For a bird, safety meant a place where they wouldn't be seen by a predator while they were trapped sitting on their nest. Unlike most birds, chickens couldn't fly. And that meant that her hens wouldn't nest too far away from their food source. With that in mind, Lei'lira headed over to the area she used to feed her chickens. Once there, she began looking for clumps of tall grass, bushes, even large rocks. Anything a chicken might decide would make a good hiding place for a nest.

Lei'lira found her second nest beneath a low lying bush at the edge of the area where she fed the chickens. Unfortunately, there was no egg to be found. Lei'lira knew that every hen had a bad day when it came to laying eggs once in a while. Just as they had good days where they laid an egg with a double yolk. But she was disappointed all the same. Since she only owned five hens, the loss of even one egg was felt keenly.

Once she had searched the potential hiding places that were closest to the feeding area, it was time for her to spread out and search other areas. With both her and Lazuli each owning half an acre of land, that was a lot of ground to cover. As a child, Lei'lira had seen egg hunting as more of a game, than a chore. It was a challenge to overcome. A puzzle, in some ways. Now that she was older, it was just more work. But it was good, clean, honest work. And it was work that she loved.
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A familiar presence made Lei'lira pause in her search, and look up. Her familiar, Lei'luna sat near by, watching her with an amused expression on her face.

Hunting for eggs again? came the silent question.

Lei'lira nodded.

Just like I always do this time of day. she replied with a smile

Why, do you want to help me?

Lei'lira was hard pressed to resist the laughter that wanted to burst forth when she saw the resigned expression in Lei'luna's eyes. But the winged wolf familiar stood, and moved to her bondmate's side readily enough.

I smell the scent of chicken over there. she said simply, gesturing in the direction she meant with a paw.

Lei'lira thanked her familiar, and headed off in the direction she had indicated. She found the third nest hidden in a clump of weeds growing at the edge of one of Lazuli's empty fields. When she carefully reached under the hen that was sitting on the nest, she was rewarded by feeling the shell of an egg. Lei'lira looked at the egg she had just found, and saw that it was considerably bigger than the first one she'd collected. That suggested that it had a double yolk. If she was right, that would make it more valuable than an egg with a single yolk.

The fourth nest was found on the other side of Lazuli's field. The grass surrounding it wasn't all that tall, but there was a small dip in the ground that helped to hide the nest. This nest held an egg, too. Lei'lira happily added it to her bowl.

Just one nest left to find. she said with satisfaction.

I should probably buy more chickens, though. If I had more hens, I'd have more eggs, too.

Perhaps. But you would also have to spend more time hunting for their nests. Lei'luna pointed out dryly.

Lei'lira laughed. Her familiar had a point. A very good point, really. There was enough work to do around the farm that she really couldn't afford to spend more time hunting for eggs than she already did.

That's true. I think I'll wait until I have my chicken coop before I buy more hens. Once I have that, I won't have to hunt for nests every day.

Lei'luna gave Lei'lira an amused wolf grin. Lei'lira stuck her tongue out at her playfully. But then it was time to get back to work. Finding the final nest was a challenge, even with her familiar's help. It wasn't hidden in or around any of her twin's fields, and she had already checked in and around the barn. That meant that it had to be hidden somewhere in the half acre of grazing land she kept for her animals.

It took some doing, but Lei'lira finally found the nest hidden in a bush near the far end of her land. The nest held an egg...or what was left of one. There were small paw prints circling around the nest, and a few tufts of fur. The egg had been cracked, and the insides sucked out.

Lei'lira scowled at the broken egg in annoyance. Three eggs for the day. With two used for breakfast for her and Lazuli, that left one remaining to sell. Even with the remaining egg having a double yolk, that wasn't enough to earn much money.

"I'm going to have to find out what keeps stealing my eggs, and put an end to it." she muttered darkly.

But there was lots more work to be done, and Lei'lira couldn't afford to look now. So she brought the eggs she did have into the house, and set them in the kitchen. Then it was time to head out once more and feed the chickens, and milk the cow. Only then would she have time to make breakfast for herself and Lazuli if she wanted any.
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GRADING REWARDS
Skills:
Observation: 3
Appraisal: 1
Foraging: 2
Investigation: 1

Basic Knowledge:
Chickens can't fly
Chickens hide when nesting
Location: Warrick Family Farm
Tracking: Prints

Specialised Knowledge:
Chickens: Don't stray far from their food source.
Chickens: Storing eggs

Notes:
Hey Lira, I couldn't award any Animal Husbandry as you don't do anything in the thread to care for the animals like feed/water them, etc, but I did find a couple of other interesting skills to award! We don't have planning or logic on ST but I'll be talking to the others about possibly adding something like this soon. Lovely writing! Enjoy the rewards.
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