Do chicken KNOW we're taking their eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenannie, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I walk past my chickens every day with a big see-through basket of their eggs, do they KNOW I'm stealing their precious, just-layed-eggs? What is going on in their little heads?
     
  2. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

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    If I take an egg from under a hen, she stands up and looks all around, even stretching down and in back of her through her legs. She makes a soft "bock?" sound, but their little brains forget about it all til the next time. Silly girls.
     
  3. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been told hens are very forgetful...
     
  4. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Unless it comes to food...
    Obelisk can recognize the Main Street Deli sub bag by the time I get in the house.
     
  5. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Out of sight, out of mind... [​IMG] (That's why when someone has been missing from the flock for a few days, they're considered a stranger..)

    If it's not where they left it, they don't know if it is their own. Now if you ever try to take a broody's eggs and she sees it you have to deal with this --> [​IMG] [​IMG]

    -Kim
     
  6. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I agree, they can certainly remember everything food-related.
     
  7. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

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    lol i try not to let mine see because i feel like im stealing something of theirs lol
     
  8. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

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    I know I certainly felt guilty the first few eggs I took from my girls. [​IMG] I felt like I was kidnapping their children. However, since I have no one broody, they almost seem to just give them to me, unless they just laid it, in which case I just wait until they get up.
     
  9. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I feel a tiny bit of guilt too, because basically it's *all* a set-up to fool them into laying eggs for US.
     
  10. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    I don't know about the chickens yet, but my ducks know,,, and they do not appreciate it! They call me names and move their nests.
    K
     

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