|Olivia gone broody. Nikon D7000|
The problem with pure-bred chickens is that the instinct to hatch eggs has not really been bred out of them. This is the second year that Olivia (a cuckoo Maran) has decided that she will sit on any eggs she can find in an attempt to hatch them.
As one approaches, she squashes herself flatter and peers with a beady eye, looking as if she is ready to peck at any hand that comes too close. In practice, unlike Lucy who would peck anything, Olivia merely makes a disgruntled clucking noise to show her displeasure at being disturbed.
She would be really upset though if she ever realised we do not have a cockerel; the eggs are infertile and will never hatch!