Over the last few days I had the feeling that Marmite was going broody. She was spending much longer in the nest box and making the clucking sound.
Last night I had to lift both Smoke and Marmite from the nest boxes at bedtime and perch them in the chicken shed.
Today I lifted both girls out of the nest box to take a break and to remove other girls’ eggs which they had been sitting on.
You can see the angry gleam in Smoke’s eye. Marmite is a more docile girl. When I next checked on them they were together in one of the nest boxes as both the other nest boxes were occupied with girls trying to actually lay their eggs.
Oh well, at least this way they only clog up one nest box. Smoke doesn’t look best pleased at sharing though.