Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Angel13, Aug 6, 2014.

  1. Angel13

    Angel13 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 11, 2014
    Everytime our EE lays her egg (she has only laid 3) she sits on the egg and won't leave. I have to pick her up and take the egg. She gets upset but doesn't peck at me which I hope she won't start doing. What can I do if anything? Does this mean she is broody? This is our first time raising chickens so I don't know if this is normal behavior or not???? Any suggestions or ideas?

  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Each bird has her own routine - some are all business and get in, lay and get out - others like to sit and think about it for a good while both before and after they have laid. It's not necessarily a sign of being broody, it may just be her particular approach to laying. Remember, this is all very new to her and she is just sorting it all out. I would suggest you let her be, eventually she'll get up and move off and you can collect her egg.
  3. Angel13

    Angel13 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 11, 2014
    How long do I let her sit there? She is such a sweet girl and I feel bad having to move her just to get her egg but she sat there for over 30 mins. Thank you for your respond, like I said this is so new to us and we are trying to learn a lot by posting and reading on BYC. :D
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    30 minutes is not a long time for a chicken to sit on the nest. Now, if it's going on 3 hours, perhaps I'd intervene, but only if someone else was pacing outside the box with their legs crossed! Best to not disturb her. Just my uneducated opinion, but i think some girls like to stay in the nest for a while... perhaps to give the vent time to get settled back down. I wonder if some girls are a bit more prone to prolapse, and need the extra time to "settle things" down under! Comments from the experts????

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