|Pretty Boy at left with his pink-eyed youngster on right.|
When that happens, I temporarily remove the half-grown baby Bourkes, and place them in a safe, confined place. A large butter tub lined with a paper towel works perfectly for this. Old pine shavings are removed and fresh ones added. I press them down before returning the babies to their box.
|Notice how dirty and crusty the pine shavings have gotten.|
Three babies beginning to feather, but not ready to leave box.
|A photo of old shavings completely turned over by hen.|
Loose and no longer crusty, but gray after previous use.
|An empty pill bottle blocks entry to nest box.|
|Investigating her box after it has been cleaned out. |
Windex was used on the sides after scraping off dry food & dirt.
Then the box was aired out. It will be throughlyscrubbed
before it goes back up for use next year.
|Later, satisfied with her box, she's fluffed|
(wings out) and ready to lay an egg.
|Pretty Boy on bowl. His three youngsters in background.|
Rosie is out of sight in the nest box.