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