It is not always easy to lay an egg. At least not for my girls. This is mostly because, despite the fact that we have multiple nesting boxes, we only have one PERFECT nesting box. And with five hens, the timing is sometimes tricky. Today was one of those days.
As usual, most of the trouble was caused by sweet little Amber. Amber does not lay every day, though she will sometimes sit on eggs she “finds”. She loves sitting on eggs. Usually, she lays last so she can sit as long as she wants. But today she wanted to lay early. Briana had finished and Prudence is always next. But today Amber got there first.
That was when I knew this would be one of those days. After an hour, Amber had still not laid her egg. So I gave out some worms and she came down. I assumed that Prudence would just grab the nesting box and things would return to normal. But apparently the worms distracted her as well. When I checked later, everyone was in the run but Amber. She must be back in the nesting box, I thought. But when I checked she wasn’t there. She was here.
That was a first! No one has ever used those nesting boxes! Perfect. Amber could sit all day and not bother anyone.
Just then, Prudence came in. She wondered what Amber was doing in THAT nesting box. As if on cue, Amber got down.
Poor Prudence was beside herself.
So you see, it is just not always that easy to lay an egg.