Can I move chicken eggs from a broody hen in order to clean the coop?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Tazman99, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. Tazman99

    Tazman99 Out Of The Brooder

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    Title says it all. I'm letting a hen hatch three eggs since no one collected them the past week while I was showing at the fair. If the eggs are fertile they will be polish/ not sure what the hen is, she is black with a tiny barely a bump size comb. I want to clean the coop (Or at least the egg area), there used to be mice but after found the nest I think I scared them all off.
     
  2. Jakrzz

    Jakrzz Out Of The Brooder

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    I would honestly do everything AROUND the hen. I wouldn't want to disturb a broody hen!! They're very nasty sometimes. But maybe when she gets up to eat/drink/poop you could QUICKLY pick the eggs up, put them in a safe place nearby and do your thing with her part of the nesting box. Then out the eggs back, that's what Id do
    Good luck!
     
  3. Tazman99

    Tazman99 Out Of The Brooder

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    What I ended up doing was leave some straw by the nest, about a foot or so and she started spreading it.
     

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