new layer doesn't like her eggs being taken....??

LindsayB

Songster
11 Years
Apr 26, 2008
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Cypress, Texas
One of my EE's starting laying last week and so far she has layed 4 eggs in 6 days. I love it!! What I don't love is when I try taking them she boks at me and pecks my hand. I usually take them right after she lays so the other girls won't peck and ruin them (they are very nosey and always poking their heads in the nest box) Is this normal for her to protect her eggs? None of my hens have ever done this.
 

shaggy

Songster
10 Years
May 11, 2009
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Orange, Texas
i usually wait until she gets off the egg before taking it



i am assuming this is normal ... every time i ever put my hand up a hens skirt i got pecked
 

NewToFarming

Songster
9 Years
Apr 28, 2010
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Millersburg, PA
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I also have a new layer that was complaining very loudly to me yesterday when I went to get the egg. I just waited until she left to get the egg out of the nest.
 

gryeyes

Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers
10 Years
Sep 22, 2009
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My slice of heaven in Somerset, CA
The only time I take eggs from underneath a chicken is when she's broody and is "collecting" eggs laid after "we" have started brooding them. I would check once a day to make sure only the eggs I marked were there; newer eggs were removed.

For the rest of the girls, I just apologize when I open the hatch and they're still in the nest. I'll gather those eggs after they've gotten off them.
 

BethieofVA

Songster
9 Years
Mar 27, 2010
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Yorktown, Virginia
My girls will usually run in the coop as I am collecting them from the back. They have never pecked me. I always thank them and give them a little scratch on the back. They seem very proud.
 

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