I couldn't find Emily our boys favorite (and youngest) hen this morning. We let the hens out of the coop during the day to free range, but tuck them back in at night. We have a lot of coyotes out here and try to keep a careful watch on the girls. We also have one rooster, Pepper. Anyway, I finally found Emily tucked away under some morning glory sitting on a nest with 5 eggs in it! She still comes back to the coop at night, so not sure if she wants to stay on the nest or not. Can I move the eggs into a separate nesting box? Do I need to keep her in a separate cage/coop from the others? I'm not sure what to do. I;m happy to let her have her babies if we can move them, but it's not safe to leave her outside the coop at night. Will she abandon them if we touch/move them? They are all clearly hers; she's the only one in our brood that lays blue eggs. Is there a way to test the eggs to see if they are developing? Thanks for your help!
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4/16/16 at 1:22pm