I got up real early this morning and was able to witness both Bluey and what's-her-name lay an egg! It was fascinating!
I'm sure all my chicken-lover friends know all about how they lay eggs, but just for my other pals, I'll describe what it was like.
- The hen goes and walks around in the nesting box, carefully shaping the nesting material to fit snugly around her.
- She lays in the box fox a while(in my case, an hour)and warns the other hens that this is her box. Sometimes she gets pecked.
- When she is ready, she squats and stays very still. The other hens usually do not bother her now.
- And the egg is out!
- Then she may sit on it, if she's broody, but Bluey does this: She slowly walks out, throwing bits of saw dust over her shoulder. It's really cute.
Well, there you are! Oh! Chestnut has just layed an egg! Gotta go! I may get another dozen yet!