|Trudy--at the left--sits in an empty nest box, while Ginny lays.|
Trudy is sort-of broody, but not nearly as determined, committed or dedicated as Hilda. She is broody enough to have not laid any eggs for 3-4 days, so we are in the midst of a bit of power struggle. It feels a bit like battling it out with a pre-teen--she's not committed enough to stick to it and win, but she is definitely acting out!
We are trying all the tricks recommended by books, articles and experienced chicken-keepers to, maybe, break a broody spell. I say maybe because the most seasoned folks say that sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. Eventually, a broody spell should run its course in about 3 weeks, but every hen and every scene is different. Meanwhile, things get a bit kooky...
|Trudy--at the back--tries to crowd into a nest box with the younger pullets at bed time. She usually sleeps on the roost.|
|Teri & Trudy have a little pool time.|
|Chicken and Chicken Keeper get a little wet.|
So, maybe we'll succeed in getting Trudy to give up her half-assed ideas about setting and maybe we won't. Eventually, the young pullets should start laying (in about 9-10 weeks or so) but we don't know exactly when that will be. Who knows if Virginia might decide to get on the broody wagon? Really, we've decided to just keep going and try to do the best we can by our animals...