Yesterday was another day of lots of nest box activity. Sugar was in her usual nest box next to the chicken shed. She has now been broody two days short of three weeks and shows no sign of coming out of it.
Gold was in the nest box next to the store cabinet. The nest box by the gate was empty.
The race is on for who will lay next. Yesterday I was sure it was going to be Spangle. Spangle was being very vocal. She wanted the nest box Gold was in. I tried putting Spangle in the empty nest box but she didn’t want that one.
Storm was also looking in the nest boxes and had been scratching shavings out of all three nest boxes.
Spangle was shouting all the time that Gold was in the nest box as that’s where she wanted to be. Once Gold had laid and left the nest box Spangle went straight in. I kept checking back on her and she was settled in the nest box. I felt sure she was ready to lay.
After about an hour in the nest box Spangle came out. I checked and there was no egg! These girls seem to need an awful lot of practice.
I think spangle will probably lay soon but so far today she isn’t bothering with the nest box.
Spot is a mystery though. She is a year old this month and after her spell of practising in the nest box she has shown no further interest. I find that very odd.
We have plenty of eggs though with three good layers at the moment. Gold lays up to four days running and Snowflake up to two days running. Flame lays every other day and occasionally two days running. Between them we have all the eggs we can eat.
It will be interesting to see which girl lays next.