An Eggcellent Collection

September 11, 2011

I had a feeling that any day I would find Dolly broody again. This morning proved to be the day.  When I opened the coop, Dolly remained inside sitting in one of the nesting boxes.  I gently scooped her up and brought her out to the run to enjoy some scratch with the rest of the girls.

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.

Dolly’s collection

Photo Credit:  Tilly’s Nest

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Melissa

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  1. Flock Mistress, I usually just let it run it's course. She is broody about every 4 weeks. I just really try and keep a close eye on her to make sure she is not withering away. Poor girl, she just is made for motherhood!

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