How do hens feel?

doggielove

In the Brooder
7 Years
Mar 28, 2012
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Maine
How do you think hens feel when we take their eggs? Everytime I take eggs out of the nesting box, I have one Orpington that runs over to check it out. I get the feeling that she's wondering where her egg went. Am I crazy? What do you think?
 

lazypifarm

In the Brooder
8 Years
Dec 5, 2011
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Grand Prairie, TX
I think they're certainly interested in the eggs, especially the ones who like to go broody, like cochins, silkies and orpingtons. I don't think you can really ascribe human emotions to them, though. Their tiny bird brains are just not complex enough to handle a wide range of emotions, like ours are. Don't get me wrong, I am NOT saying they don't feel - just that like a Peter Pan fairy, they're just not big enough to hold more than one emotion at a time, hahaha! So perhaps momentary puzzlement, or anxiety, or chicken-rage (which EXISTS, ask me about the time I tried to take a newborn chick from a cochin.) But I think their emotions over us taking their eggs passes quite quickly. They are, after all, highly distractable.
 

doggielove

In the Brooder
7 Years
Mar 28, 2012
53
1
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Maine
Thanks, lazypifarm. That makes a lot of sense....and makes me feel not so guilty.
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