Yes, we are expecting an addition to the family. Due in around a month I’d say. 😉
No, I am not pregnant. 😛 But as far as birds can be, Miss Mandy appears to be expecting. I caught her and Molly (AKA Moke since we discovered she was a he) climbing out of the pond together, smiling and holding hands like teenagers caught canoodling. Since then she has retreated to her nest and upon seeing an egg there yesterday I left it and this morning there is another (not unusual as she lays daily) but they were both warm as she has been sitting. 😀 How very exciting. I am expecting her to add a few more eggs over the coming week and hopefully in 28 days we will find ourselves ankle deep in small fluffy and yellow ducklings. 🙂 I’m not counting our chickens before they hatch however as the eggs may be duds or she may not sit it out but I intend to encourage her to do so.
I’m also not sure how we will go with the whole thing as Mandy is the least tame of our trio. She’s not a fan of people in general although copes better with Martin so he may end up playing midwife and obstetrician to her. 😉
I will keep you updated on it all. I think I might change the countdown timer to count down the 28 days until expected hatching. Some rading I’ve done also indicates that she’s probably been laying fertile eggs for a while and turns out they will lay them and when they’ve laid them all, begin sitting. Once the eggs are warmed up then they begin to develop. I rang my friend from Cheeky Chookies who said that she knew one lady who had some fertile eggs in the fridge which when warmed up and sat upon by the hen, actually hatched! Eggs out of fridge and warming to room temperature as we speak! Nothing to lose. 😀 Cross your fingers for us. 🙂