We had planned a day out off Cape so I checked on the girls before we left. Inside the right nesting box, Dolly and Feathers were sitting together, while Autumn was next to them in the middle box. I closed the boxes, as this could only mean one thing - Dolly was broody again. We hit the road around 9:30am and did not return until a little after 5pm. The first thing that I did was check on the girls, especially Dolly.
As suspected, I found Dolly in that same nesting box. Underneath of her I felt an egg. I took one out. Then another. Then another, and then 2 more! She was sitting on 5 eggs. She is getting to be a professional broody girl. Over the course of the day, she must have gently rolled the other girls' freshly laid eggs from the neighboring nesting boxes into hers. I know they are not fertile and would never become chicks. Yet, I did not feel any better about taking them from her.
Photo Credit: Tilly's Nest