I have 3 hens that are broody every day and spend the majority of the day and night in their nesting boxes. I collect their eggs every day because I don't want any chicks right now. When I approach them, they practically growl at me. The only way I can get the eggs is to use the handle end of a dog ball thrower. I put the handle under them and lift them up a little, then scoot the egg out. I then pick up the egg with the side of the ball thrower that the ball goes in. If I don't get the egg quickly, my broody girls will push the egg back under them. This method works pretty good for me, but I was wondering if I'm doing them any harm by lifting them up like this? I have looked at elbow-length heavy duty gloves, but they're really expensive!