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

  1. Angel13

    Angel13 Out Of The Brooder

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    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?

    Thanks,
    Angel
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

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

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    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

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    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 Chicken Obsessed

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    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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