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hen 'upset', clucks loudly when eggs removed?

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I have four hens, two buff cochin and two silver wyandottes. They all began laying about two weeks ago. Everything seems more or less ok, except one of the cochin has some odd behavior around egg laying and removal.

 

The one hen seems to be more apt to get 'upset' when disturbed from the nest box. If she has laid and egg and I open the box with her in it she starts clucking loudly. If I keep the box open or remove the egg from under her she leaves the nest box and raised coop but will roam around clucking loudly for some time. She will return to the nest periodically, get upset, go back outside, go back in... after a while she quiets back down and hangs out with the rest of the flock. It's not typical broody behavior from what I can tell, she is not sitting in the nest constantly or other dark hidden spots. She acts more or less ok except right around the moment the eggs are taken. If I'm not removing the egg too soon, she usually leaves the nest and never knows its gone.

 

Any advice for how to handle her? I'm assuming she is becoming broody but hasn't fully committed yet. Is it best to remove eggs quickly from broody hens or let them leave the box first assuming they will leave?


Edited by DavidMed - 3/5/16 at 11:35am
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Sounds like pre broody behavior.  It's a bit early after only two weeks of laying, but she is after all a Cochin.

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I have some like that, they make a bigger stink about their eggs, especially if they are new layers. She might be more apt to go broody or she might calm down after it becomes a regular thing.
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In general should you avoid taking the eggs from them while they are in the nest box? Seems like disruption would help prevent broody behavior. But I don't want her to start avoiding the nest box. 

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I don't. If I'm there to collect eggs and someone's in there, I dig them out from under them (usually while taking a few pecks) and go about my business. Most of my hens don't care, others take off and make a fuss, and then come back and finish up when I'm gone. They don't avoid the boxes, just me smile.png And it doesn't deter them from going broody, at least not mine (Silkies and Sizzles). They just growl, screech and peck at me if they're unhappy with what I'm doing.
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I avoid collecting eggs when birds are on nest.....why interfere with their laying?

Sometimes I do slowly open back access to nest bank and slowly remove eggs from other nests when it's freezing out... some tolerate that intrusion, others do not.

But when weather is mild I don't bother hens on the nest, I collect later in day when most are done then final gathering at night time lock up.

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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