My attention was called to Peggy's private moment when I heard some angry clucking coming from the open coop. For some reason, Tina was annoyed that Peggy was using the nesting box and was trying to get her out. Tina's kind of a bully sometimes. Seeing that Peggy needed to lay, I picked up Tina and locked her in the run.
Here's Tina feeling left out.
With Tina out of the way, Peggy settled into the pine shavings and got comfy. Because the lid was up on the coop, I could see straight into the nesting box where Peggy sat, waiting for the magic to happen. But, if I got too close, Peggy would make a little cluck/hiss noise, as if to say, "Get out!" (If you've never heard a cluck/hiss before, it's a weird sound, but the intent is crystal clear. Peggy also cluck/purrs sometimes. Really!) So, I went away to let her do her thing.
About 10 minutes later, I heard Peg stand up and start moving around. I returned to the coop and caught her in this position.
Don't you love that expression? And the way she's standing cracks me up. It's so awkward.
Peggy hung out in the nesting box for a few more minutes, perhaps admiring her freshly-laid egg. Then, she hopped out into the yard, and the real show began.
This is how both of my hens announce that they've just laid an egg. It is loud and long and they do it every time. I guess it's good that Peggy and Tina take pride in their work, but still. Think of the neighbors!