This morning Flame settled in a nest box after a bit of twirling around and I knew that she was getting ready to lay. I think that the broody spell set Ebony and Flame into an early moult and now the hot weather has halted their moult and kick started them laying again.
When I next checked on Flame, Smoke was settled in the nest box with her, and when I checked a bit later Flame had laid and Smoke was sitting on her egg. I think Smoke is about to go broody again.
Flame’s, large, white, egg is on the left. Next is Ebony’s, then Smoke’s and Jasmine’s egg is on the right. I was correct with identifying Ebony’s egg yesterday as you can see that Flame’s egg is larger and paler.
I have never had this happen before but I am happy that we will be getting some more eggs for a while.