Look who showed up again yesterday:
Yep, it's Muff Gone Rogue!
I hadn't seen her for a week and thought for sure she was dead, but apparently not.
I decided to watch her and see if I could figure out where she was disappearing off to.
After she'd had some duck water and stolen some of their grain, she surreptitiously sauntered into the lower barn and went behind the back wall of the duck coop. I quietly followed and watched her fly up to the top of the stone wall and disappear.
Can you spot the hen? Don't try too hard; you can't actually see her in this photo!
Come a little closer and look up in the corner....
What are those?!
Broody Muff made herself an atrocious next on stop of cold stone.
I put some straw next to her but she was unimpressed.
As I suspected, she had gone off in the barn to lay eggs and settle down. She has seven of them in there and I still don't know what to do about it!
Meanwhile, back in the coop...
There's another broody Muff to deal with! She has three eggs under her. While I was in the barn yesterday, I heard this Muff indignantly cackling her head off. When I went in, I found that Charlotte had booted her off her next and had settled down to lay.
Broody Muff was in the box next door, looking highly offended. I wasn't sure what to do. On the spur of the moment, I took her three eggs out from under Charlotte and put them in the box with their Mama. She tucked them under her and looked quite happy.
I still don't know what I'm going to do with the motherly Muffs. I don't mind a few more chickens BUT I don't think either of them are in what I'd call ideal nesting spots! And I'm wondering if their eggs are even viable, especially the ones that have been sitting on a cold stone wall. Any advice out there?
Meanwhile, another Muff was checking out the new nestbox.
And what is wrong with this picture? Yes, that is Beaker the rooster's tail sticking out of a nest box, while Buttercup looks on.
I've got some ducks looking broody as well. I have to break it to them that we definitely do not need any more of their kind around here!! Plus I have found some people interested in buying duck eggs for breakfast. :)
Back in the house, Sophie was enjoying a blissful nap.
Have a great weekend!
PS: Why is today's #2 search keyword for my blog "wanker truck"??