First Egg Questions

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by AllisonD, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. AllisonD

    AllisonD Out Of The Brooder

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    One of our Barred Rock pullets was missing yesterday, and after a brief amount of searching, I found her in the coop, SITTING on her first egg! She gave me heck when I took it from her, and afterward was still sitting until I kicked her out. Then she ate and drank a bunch and sulked under a table. So was she brooding? And how long will she be upset at having been kicked off the nest?
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    No, she was just resting. Some hens will sit on the nest longer than others.
     
  3. AllisonD

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    Thanks, Happy Chooks. I was surprised that a feed store BR would behave so possessively about her egg. That makes a LOT more sense. So next time should I just leave her be in there until she gets up of her own accord?
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I would just leave her be. She'll get out of the nest when she's ready. You can still reach under her and grab eggs though.
     
  5. AllisonD

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    Great! Thanks so much.
     

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