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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chicnchic, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. chicnchic

    chicnchic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a hen that I have suspected is moving eggs from other nest boxes to her 'preferred' one' but couldn't catch her. Well, the girls production is down, and I thought it might be because of her "attitude" [​IMG] (CRANKY!!) so I put some fake eggs under her. Hubby "collected them [​IMG] , so I marked them with a highlighter....and today I found 2 of them in the nest box NEXT to the one I put them in last night! [​IMG] Has anyone else had this happen, and how the heck does she DO it?? [​IMG]
     
  2. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2010
    Mine do that too, unfortunately I have no idea how [​IMG]
     
  3. 7&8

    7&8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Darling hubby, anyhow!!!

    Very curious that a hen could move eggs. I've never seen such a thing, but maybe others will have experience with this. Looking forward to hearing...and that's one talented hen, if so! [​IMG]

    Edit: Hmmm...any chance hubby is teasing you??? Could he be the one moving them? [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2011
  4. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    When I had broodys they did that, the seemed to get them between their body and their wing and then just move over to another nest or hold on to them as I kicked them off the nest and put them down outside. [​IMG]
     
  5. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    I have personally seen one of my old hens <RIP Momma!!!> stealing eggs from another nest to add to hers. She was sooo sneaky!!! I had been trying to figure out HOW she was doing it, and what she was doing was this :

    1) wait for other hen to lay and then leave
    2) go into that nest and try to abscond with the egg.
    3) She would roll it to the edge of the nest
    4) Hunker down and set her wing OVER the egg and then hold it tight
    5) Slowly work her way back to her nest with the egg held TIGHTLY under her wing
    6) Get back to her nest <which thankfully was close by> and settle down and relax the wing so the egg would drop to the nest
    7) Tuck egg under her with the others and look smug.

    I was in shock when i actually saw her doing this. I kept trying to figure out just how the eggs kept appearing in her nest when she didn't LAY that shade of egg. We would find eggs that had been dropped during the "egg-moving" routine and were so perplexed on how or who was kicking the eggs out.

    Took over 2 weeks but we figured it out finally lol She actually pulled it off in front of us 2x. After that, we just set her in broody jail and gave her a few golf balls....then chicks at the appropriate time. Never did it again after that and she passed away when the chicks were about 12 weeks old or so. She was an old sneaky wanna-be momma [​IMG]
     
  6. stilldeb

    stilldeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Somebody please put one of those bird cams or something in there and get a movie of this. Mine do it, too, but I wanna see it!
     

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