Ok.... I am a newbie so please excuse my possibly silly questions! I have only had my chickens for about 2 months......I have no roosters. I have 10 hens, various breeds and ages of which I do not know because I inherited my chickens and I think I have some younger and some older ones. I noticed one of the girls has been sitting in the nest box ALOT the last couple of days. I am finding eggs....though none yesterday...and I didn't bother her while she was in the box. Today, she was in the box again. I talked to her and pet her and even picked her up. There was an egg, so I took it. She went right back to setting in her box and she was very docile........ Maybe I shouldn't have taken the egg...but without a rooster, the egg isn't fertile. And if she sat on that egg since yesterday and kept it nice and warm...is it still safe for eating??..........Maybe I shouldn't have touched her....but she wasn't angry at me and actually kind of cooed like a pigeon when I pet her. Help anyone?!?!!