One of our White Silkie bantams Katty Clean-Doors (see post ‘words for snow’ under Bantams category) has taken to the nest. She stopped laying and started sitting on the Lavender Pekin’s infertile eggs for about a week but as we have no cockerel, it would be a long wait and she would be in for a huge disappointment.
Our neighbour just up the road also has bantams and whilst admiring our rhubarb over the fence, happened to ask if any of our bantams were sitting. They had a clutch of (hopefully) fertile eggs but the mother wouldn’t sit on them and they didn’t want to have to resort to a heat lamp and incubator. She brought the eggs round and put them under Katty who immediately fluffed up and purred …. yes purred ! They were date marked and it takes exactly 3 weeks so now we are eagerly awaiting to see if we will have chicks for Open Garden.
We have had no takers for the ‘des res’ bird box with camera… Not even a spider. However, the Collared Dove has been busy making a nest out of the most scant of materials in the Tree Honeysuckle.
…..and there are currently two eggs.
Mrs Blackbird has made a nest in our Cryptomeria Japonica ‘Sekkan-Sugi’ near the raised beds ….
…and is sitting on five lovely blue eggs.