Sunday, January 20, 2013
Alice laid an egg!
I knew Alice was due to lay an egg soon since she was staying so close to her nest most of the time. Normally she stops eating for a couple of days before laying an egg, so I was waiting for her to stop eating.
Although she didn't eat two nights ago, she apparently ate a few bites for breakfast after I checked on her. But I still felt she was close to laying.
Last night when we went to bed she was on her window perch hooting to us. But when I got up around 3 AM to use the restroom, Alice was hooting from her nest. I left the lights off, so I didn't see if she was sitting on or near her nest.
When I got up this morning she was in full incubation posture. This means she's squished out flat and wide. I suspected an egg, so I gently put a hand under her breast feathers. Ta-dah! There was an egg!
Last year she took me off guard by laying a second egg after I stopped looking for one, so I'll keep better watch this year.
Since there are no male owls with access to Alice, her eggs are not fertile and won't hatch. I let her sit on them though, since that's what her instincts tell her to do. Also, if I removed her eggs too soon, she might just lay more.
Good job Alice! Enjoy your maternity leave from work.