This morning I let the girls out and gave them the morning sunflower hearts then Speckles went straight to the grit. She then went into the nest box and started picking up pine shavings and placing them on her back. I knew this meant that she was getting ready to start laying.
Chickens do this from their instinct in the natural world to hide themselves while vulnerable while laying their egg. We always smile and say that we can no longer see whichever girl has a little heap of shavings on her back.
This is a sure sign that an egg will be arriving soon. I really expected to find an egg when I went back to check but Speckles was back out in the run and there was no egg in the nest box. It seems that she is just practising but I am expecting an egg from her very soon.
Today the rest of the snow has melted and it has been so nice to have higher temperatures. The soil in the run has softened again and the patio area seems so light. We connected the automatic door opener again and everything seems back to normal for now. Perhaps spring is finally on it’s way.