Zara is a Plymouth Rock Bantam, Bantam meaning a smaller variety of hen. They are supposed to be a non broody type but Zara proved this wrong and was very moody just for one day. She built the largest dust bath you have ever seen and sat in it for the entire day. Their chests get very hot underneath during this process, she was sweating too.
The following day Zara couldn’t decided where to lay her egg. They were all very good at laying in their nest boxes but Zara was unpredictable. She jumped up at the window sills and squawked profusely then jumped into the runner bean tub. Still not happy with her nest we watched as all of a sudden she took off across the garden. A squirrel had wandered onto her territory. Out of the garden she ran so fast with her body rocking from side to side, she is quite a slim hen – when all of a sudden an egg drops from her behind! She carried on running for a bit, stopped and looked back a little bewildered and continued on her mission. It was the funniest site we had ever seen and we all stood there in absolute hysterics. 🙂