Bev is our black hen - she lays blue eggs. I named her Bev after the mum of the ex-pupil who built our hen coop a few years ago. He had just finished a basic joinery course. I had known him since he was 7 and obviously knew his mum too. Bev had jet-black hair so it seemed appropriate.
Bev (left) is a broody hen this means she will get the urge to hatch some eggs, subsequently sitting on them for however long they take to hatch. The incubation period for a hen's egg is around 21 days. However - one slight snag is that our eggs are not fertile - (more of that next week).The main reason we keep our hens is for eggs, so whilst Bev is broody it means our egg production is down. Fortunately she has not been too aggressive and has allowed me to lift her off the eggs when I collect them. Broody hens can sometimes prevent other hens from sitting in the nesting area but again Bev has allowed the other hens to go into the hen house, often cuddling next to them, as seen with Mabel below.
A few days ago I noticed the rear end of one of the hens disappearing into the hedge...........they have been secretly laying eggs away from the hen house! Looking at the colour of the eggs I can tell Olwyn, Eva and May are laying eggs together.
This morning I captured Eva in action!