What to do? There she was, with a beautiful little lined corner, sitting up happily in her best show pose, and proudly pleased with her nest.
I put a heat lamp up above the cage and moved the nest box to her chosen corner and gently placed her nest inside, praising and petting her. She looked a bit confused, but left it there, and I gave her an oatmeal treat and went off to bed. I got up every hour to check, as she is my sweetheart BlueBerry, and I could not sleep for worrying. Somewhere between the midnight and 1:00 am check, she kindled, using the box, thank heaven!
As I went back to the house, I had a picture suddenly flash through my mind- a memory of the 8 week old BlueBerry in her cage in the barn, sitting at attention and very carefully watching BlueBelle line the corner of her cage in anticipation of her April 7 litter. I literally stopped dead in my tracks. I know it could be coincidental, I suppose I am inexperienced enough to think this is unusual behavior when perhaps it is not......BUT.....I can't help thinking......... do you suppose...????