, if I had kids I am pretty sure I would be as big of a pushover as you. Look at me with my birds. It took a year and a half of my little Edna Sebright going persistently broody till I let her hatch a few eggs last year. Now she is broody for the first time this spring and all day I have been considering getting her "just a few" Easter Egger hatching eggs. When even as of yesterday I was thinking "gotta set up the anti-broody cage again..." But really. Bonita, my EE hen, apparently is on a I-lay-one-egg-a-year schedule. And Audrey, the EE pullet that Edna hatched last year, is apparently laying a fine brown
egg. (Haven't caught her in the nest box yet but her comb has been red for quite a while so I assume she is laying, and there are no blue or green eggs out there, so...) (Audrey hatched from a blue/green egg and has the fuzzy cheeks and beard of an EE, but has yellow legs with feather stubs! FarmerBoy
's egg! Yes, I know EE's are by definition mutts, and I love her and wouldn't have her any other way...) Anyway, I neeeed some blue/green eggs. And Edna waaaaaants to sit.
And then tonight. Libby the gooser has been spending more and more time sitting in the Goose Chalet. I have two big wooden goose eggs out there, but have been picking up the real eggs. I had understood that the geese wouldn't start to sit on the eggs until they had a full clutch, so I thought leaving a few fake eggs out there would encourage them to use the Chalet instead of hiding a clutch somewhere else. When I've checked before, Libby and/or Penelope hadn't had any eggs directly under them, but Libby in particular would periodically find an egg (either wood or real) in the straw, rattle it with her beak a few times, then leave it alone. Well, tonight she had one of the wood eggs really under her and she'd apparently been pulling out her feathers to make the nest nicer for the coming wooden gosling.. Off in front of her was another wood egg and also a real one. I gave her the other wooden one and she rolled it under her. So cute! And if she'd really sit on just maybe 2 eggs--that wouldn't be overdoing it... right?
Oh, look who I'm asking! As if any of you will say, "oh, no, yorkchick, you don't need any more birds!"
Here's the funny thing. When I came in, I told the DH how much Libbly wants to hatch her eggs. The Voice Of Reason, the man who will not let me have guinea pigs because "they're rats," the man who was horrified three years ago that I had ordered chickens "because I could get laid off at any minute," the man who now is laid off
, said, "If you really want to let her hatch a few, then do it. If we have to move them we will. We have some time to figure it out."
He also said, "It would make The Moms happy." The Moms? Oh, yeah, Mom2 em All!
So not sure if I will be able to make this decision yet. And I'm not sure Libbly is 100% sitting yet. At least as of today, one of the goosers is still laying, though it might well be Penelope. Olive
, if I decide to let her sit, should I put a base of dirt under the straw in the Goode Chalet? Currently it is straw over vinyl flooring, but I think I read that a dirt floor is good to retain some moisture for the eggs? Or, if I decide not to let her hatch any this year, do you think she might start laying again (If she's stopped) if I take the wooden eggs away?
And anyone have any nice blue or green hatching eggs (standard, not bantam) for little Edna???
Oh, I am such a sap.