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

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LindsayB, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. LindsayB

    LindsayB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2008
    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.
  2. shaggy

    shaggy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2009
    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
  3. NewToFarming

    NewToFarming Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2010
    Millersburg, PA

    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.
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    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.
  5. BethieofVA

    BethieofVA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2010
    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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