We have let Lucy do her thing in class, providing her with warm straw, chook pellets, ground up shell for her gullet to help her digest her food and water. She is a very happy and friendly hen. We are all a little nervous that she will attack us like a chook we've read about in "Ice Race" by Gary Paulson called "Hawk". We know that broody hens can be savage protecting their chicks. So we don't mind letting
Mr B clean our her cage every morning (wink wink) just in case we get pecked.
Lucy is staying in a Husky dog crate which we covered in a dark sheet so she feels safe and screened off from our busy classroom. Her poos are collected every morning and added to our compost for the garden. They are really big because she holds on for ages before going while sitting on her eggs.
After a while we began wondering if Lucy was sitting on fertilised eggs or not. But how can we tell asked Mr B if we can't see inside an egg? Mr B said in the old days they used to candle eggs to see inside them. If the light is bright enough you can see through an egg and see shadows, veins or evens little dots which show what stage of life an egg is at if it is fertile. We used some really old candles from the resource room but if was a little unreliable.
Mr B told Mrs Bartram about candling and her class invented a torch based way to place and egg and "candle" it. And it worked! So one day Julia helped Room 3 candle all Lucy's eggs. They felt way colder than Room 2's incubated eggs but each egg was alive, except two we weren't sure about. That was exciting news.
On Friday 21 August, Lucy arranged her eggs into 3 clutches. We wondered why? What does she know that we don't? Are some good and some not? Over the weekend Mr B noticed that she was sitting by rotation on all eggs and covering them with insulation, straw. Mr B also thought he heard little muffled peeping from inside the eggs. On Sunday night the Pilkinton-Brodie family all went over to Room 3 to see if Lucy's eggs had hatched or not. They also checked Room 2's eggs like Elliott promised Mrs Bartram he would. These haven't hatched yet either.
It will be any day now! We will be pleased that we haven't missed it happening!