Chicken visitor lays eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by OldeDog, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. OldeDog

    OldeDog Out Of The Brooder

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    A while back we got a visiting chicken:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/827123/chicken-visitor#post_12066525

    When she (now named Miss Penny) appeared to have decided to stay, we built a small coop:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/834294/visitor-gets-a-coop#post_12257264

    Now she has three eggs in her new coop! I guess as soon as she felt safe she started laying, since she has been in the coop only a week. Will any of the eggs be bad? Are they OK to eat? How do we get her to give them up?

    Our current plan is to coax her down with some meat treat, then open a small back door (not shown in photo) and snatch the eggs.

    Any suggestions or comments appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Is she setting on the eggs most the day and all night?
    If so, she's broody and wants to hatch them. Then you have a decision to make, read up on broodies.
    If not, just take the eggs each day, they should be fine to eat.
     

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