Hey there, just figured I would pop my head in and say hi! Im new to the world of chickens. I have had my chickens now for about 2 weeks . I have not taken away one egg as of yet.( they have layed 5) I feel like i am robbing them of being mothers also I heard leaving them there in the nest is the best way to encourage brooding. I have been surprised already by how much they eat! they are very hungry all the time! I would like to make sure they have a variety of foods. I am using crumbled feed and treats . I also am putting orange peels in there for them . I heard many chickens love them. Any suggestions please let me know. .......also , My chickens will let me pick them up but the rooster is not happy when I try to pick him up but he will come close when I call to him. the farmer I got them from says I should pick him up by his wings and pull them together in the middle. I think that sounds and looks cruel. I really need another way.....that one wont work for me. My conscious wont let me do it.