Goldie finally listened to her hormones and sat on a nest a week ago. She's been holding tight ever since. But even a broody hen needs a drink of water and a bite to eat every once in a while. This morning she hopped off the nest while I was visiting, so I got a few photos.
Then a quick bite with Rooster to bring her energy back up.
While she was out of the nest, Maria stepped in to keep the eggs warm. Unfortunately one of the five incubating eggs broke -- not sure if it was Goldie or Maria who broke it. That made Maria hop back out of the nest. It didn't appear that the broken egg had a chick growing. I cleaned up the nest and put in fresh straw so that Goldie could return to a fresh bed.
Stay tuned. I figure another two weeks or so. By the end of July we should have the pitter patter of little chicks!