Duck eggs moved by ???? into the chickens nest box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WalkingWolf, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2009
    North Carolina
    Ok I have a Pekin duck that is much too big to fit in the hens nest box. But I keep finding a over sized egg in the hens box and getting 4 eggs from 3 hens and one day 5.

    Is it possible for a hen to pick up and move a egg?
     
  2. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    They can certainly roll them- are your nest boxes elevated or on ground level?
     
  3. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2009
    North Carolina
    They are on ground level for the most part, they are tote nest boxes and the brooder box sits on blocks. There is no way for them to roll them into the box and the duck cannot even come close to fitting through the openings. I had heard that a hen could pick up a egg using their neck and beak, but I never believed it.
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I finally caught one of my hens moving the golf balls from nest to nest after months of wondering wth??? If they can move a golf ball, I'm sure they can move an egg. They do tuck it between their neck and upper chest.
     

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