Eventually, Milly (superb*tchy hen) went to bed, followed by Custard (superbully). The Littlees hung around.
Florence went up next. Roobarb moved out of the way, and stood so her back was to the ladder, and so she was not in between the Littlees and the ladder. She stood patiently for a long time, as though she wasn't paying attention to what was happening behind her.
Lotti ran up the ladder, which is no mean feat when you have one screwed up foot. She tried, and tried and tried to get in, but whoever was in the doorway was having none of it. She flew off the ladder, and Poppy tried. And failed.
I could see on the camera that the door was partially shut, so I ran out and whipped it open. Poppy and Lotti tried again, and were again rebuffed. They went into their own run.
Roobarb turned round, and went up the ladder.
The Tilda, my special needs chicken, went up the ladder. And the horrible chicken at the top (not sure who it was) wouldn't let her in either. Then Tilda made a lunge for it and was in.
Somehow I missed what happened next. I got the camera to pan, but I couldn't see the Littlees.
When it was properly dark, I went outside and had a peep in their Cube. Empty.
I opened the roof of the Big Girls (BGs) cube....and there they were. The two of them in one half of the nest box.
Wonder what will happen this evening?