Eggs

Pearl Cromhout

Hatching
Jan 11, 2016
1
0
7
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.

Thank you
 

Happy Chooks

Free Ranging
Premium Feather Member
11 Years
Jul 9, 2009
40,417
3,557
626
Northern CA
My Coop
My Coop
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.
 

19marvinn

Chirping
Jul 1, 2015
155
6
64
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!
 
Last edited:

howfunkyisurchicken

Crowing
9 Years
Apr 11, 2011
9,281
812
361
Tn
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:
 

donrae

Hopelessly Addicted
Premium Feather Member
9 Years
Jun 18, 2010
31,453
4,069
581
Southern Oregon
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.
 

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom