Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Pearl Cromhout, Jan 11, 2016.

  1. Pearl Cromhout

    Pearl Cromhout New Egg

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    Hello

    I have two hens laying on top of 5 eggs in one box. it has been more than 25 days. i cannot get in the laying box as they peck and get very annoyed. is there any way i can get in to check on the eggs without hurting them.

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  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    They are broody. Search "Breaking a Broody" and it will show you how to break them. Sitting for prolonged times without hatching eggs can negatively affect their health. Broodies lose a lot of weight.
     
  3. Hholly

    Hholly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe try when it's dark.
     
  4. 19marvinn

    19marvinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    put a coffee can over their heads and push them off the nest. They are nimble animals. they won't get hurt. My grandmother has used this method with her broody hens for years. are the eggs even fertilized? Good luck!
     
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  5. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Ditto, go out when its dark or take a coffee can or thick pair of gloves. I just take the pecks and do what I need to do, but some of them do hurt! Luckily most of my hens tolerate me, but a couple of them are scary :oops:
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Gloves and long sleeves.

    I've also found they're more tolerant when you reach your hand in from the back, underneath the tail, and kind of 'walk" your fingers up under them. I don't know if they think maybe it's a chick moving or what, but mine accept this approach much better than a frontal approach. I can raise their little bums right off the nest from the back like this and set them down somewhere else and do what I need to with the eggs.
     

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