Do chickens feel sad when I take her eggs??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by indi, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. indi

    indi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi my chickens (well hens and roo) have been you know *wink wink nudge nudge* and we don't want new chicks so I was going to take the egg BEFORE she sets them, but will she feel sad??
    Cause if so I will let her hatch them! But we are at a loss of what to do even if they aren't fertilised will she feel sad???
     
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  2. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    No
     
  3. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:X2 Chickens might look to you as if they are sad, but that is more so your guilt for taking the eggs. My hens are not even fazed and any looks I get are more of curiosity than anything. I have never had a depressed hen from the loss of eggs or chicks. But, some times you will have a hen determined to hatch, it can sometimes be a very strong instinct.
    Don't beat your self up so. Taking the eggs is nothing to feel guilty about.
     
  4. humpbacks1962

    humpbacks1962 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine don't even notice. They're all out grazing anyway
     
  5. indi

    indi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks
    What about if we let her hatch chicks then remove the roo and collect the eggs after then will she be sad??
     
  6. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:No
     
  7. twentynine

    twentynine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Trying to keep a straight face!

    This thread has got to be a joke, right?

    Chickens *wink wink nudge nudge* all the time.

    Chickens are animals they are not capable of feeling emotion in a human way.
     
  8. humpbacks1962

    humpbacks1962 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I would not call it a joke. Some people have chickens as pets, instead of a business. Not everyone who posts is a mature adult either. So please have that in mind.
    I think it is a good question. Based on what I have seen with mine, they just lay their eggs and walk out of the coop. They do not cluck or act upset when they look in the nest after I removed an egg, so I assume they're not keeping track of them..

    Only a chicken can talk about chicken feelings. Humans aren't able to say whether or not they have feelings anyway.
     
  9. Mommy 2 Wee Ones

    Mommy 2 Wee Ones Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have heard of chickens being upset if they have another chicken that they pal around with & that chicken is killed by one means or another. But to say they are upset when you take their eggs or remove chicks from the hen. I think not. Yes people do have chickens as pets, but to put chicken in the same category as say a dog in regards to having feelings. No comparison.

    I think the only time a chicken would get aggressive about her eggs, is if she is broody.
     
  10. JHorn91180

    JHorn91180 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes little tears come to thier eyes and when they sit with thier heads under thier wings they r crying but dont want the other chickens to know. Poor poor hens
     

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