Quite often Fizz is to be found in a nest box, trying hard to emulate the girls. At first he accompanied Rebecca and watched while she laid her egg. He didn’t seem to have much patience, turfed her out and used the area as a dust-bath. Rebecca forgot why she was there and also had a dust-bath in the nest box. Then they both sallied forth into the sunshine.
Inevitably Mother Nature reminded Rebecca why she’d gone inside in the first place, and she returned to the coop and laid her egg. Fizz also returned a little later, and it was after this second trip that I found him sitting quietly in a nest box. He still does this from time to time, even though there is never anyone’s egg beneath him, as he always chooses the wrong box. Still, he gets marks for trying.
To be fair, when Pom-Pom is “in labour” he stays with her and makes encouraging noises. I’m sure he knows how much she hates the whole egg laying business. With Punk and Rebecca he just pops in, chats for a while, then pops out. He has more sense than to show his face when Irene, Maggie, Tu-Tu or Titian take up residence in a nest box.