We have quite a few nesting boxes in Cluckingham Palace. There are the original nesting boxes.
There is their “baby box” where they lived when they were tiny chicks, before Cluckingham Palace was built.
There is the nesting box from the “coop under the stairs”
There is the large nesting box near the window.
This is wonderful for sleeping in. They all sleep together here in the winter and Amber sometimes sleeps here in the summer. She likes looking out the window. Maybe she is watching for bears. But lay an egg here? I think not!
And then there is the Perfect Nesting Box.
As a result, there is often quite a commotion in the morning at egg laying time. Today, Beatrix was in the nesting box first, but she came down to have yogurt and lost her place. When the yogurt was gone, Prudence needed it, so Beatrix would have to wait. But before Prudence could lay her egg, Briana, decided that she needed it. There was so much commotion that I went out to see. And this is what I found.
Prudence was not giving up easily. It is possible for two hens to lay in this box, side by side, but it seems there is a “good” side which is the proper place to lay an egg. Prudence was on that side, so Briana simply got under her.
While I was taking the picture, Beatrix decided she had waited long enough.
In a while everything quieted down. Later, when I went back to check, I found this.
It turns out that keeping hens and teaching kindergarten are similar in many ways.