How does a broody move eggs?!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by tallyho, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. tallyho

    tallyho Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2010
    I gave my notoriously broody BA some eggs and she keeps moving them from one nest box to another. How does she do this without breaking them? I wish I had a video camera in the coop. Last time she she was broody and I gave her eggs she didn't move them at all but she keeps moving this batch. And she's already kicked out 2. Well, actually left them in the previous box. She just moved boxes again today and took all of them with her. Crazy bird!
  2. <3ChickenForever

    <3ChickenForever Fire Is Catching

    Feb 20, 2011
    Lol! Hens have very unique ways of moving eggs! My hens do that sometimes.
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2011
  3. gumbii

    gumbii Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 7, 2010
    bell gardens, ca
    but how...?
  4. CricketYang

    CricketYang Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2010
    Mason, MI
    Imagine not having fingers to pick things up.. lol

    They put them in their "chicken armpits" and carry them over one by one, sometimes two if they're feeling brave. It's quite silly to watch.
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair &amp; Feathers

    Another method I have actually seen is that she leans across the egg with her head and neck, tucks her beak under the egg, pulls back and tucks the egg into her breast, then shuffles away with it (if it's a few feet away). They can even lift eggs up over the raised edges of nest boxes.
  6. gitlost80

    gitlost80 Trigger Pullet

    Mar 27, 2009
    Very carefully.....
  7. tallyho

    tallyho Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2010
    She hasn't broken a one. As I said she left 2 on 2 separate occasions but she's good at kicking out non-viable eggs. I saw her do it last time too. It amazes me how she can get around the nest box dividers, and these are raised boxes!

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