Should I Snatch The Eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BarrettG, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. BarrettG

    BarrettG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a black astrulorpe that is acting broody? She is laying in the best box on some eggs and it's night time now. I want to go pick her up and grab the eggs. Is that going to cause a problem anyone?
     
  2. fire370

    fire370 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope. Kick her off and grab the eggs.
     
  3. BarrettG

    BarrettG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, that's what I thought I should do. I went to go and get the egg and she made a weird noise so I was like ok I will check back in a few. If she's still on there I will just pick her up and move her
     
  4. fire370

    fire370 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They'll growl and probably bite at you when you first stick your hand in but it's not going to hurt them.
     
  5. BarrettG

    BarrettG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just picked her up and sat her on the roost but she flew out of my hands before I was able too. I thought I would like mentally scar her or something lol
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Nah, she'll not be happy, but it won't 'scar her for life' lol.

    If you don't her to hatch chicks, best to break her of her broodiness, sooner the better.



    My experience went like this: After her setting for 3 days and nights in the nest, I put her in a wire dog crate with smaller wire on the bottom but no bedding, set up on a couple of 4x4's right in the coop and I would feed her some crumble a couple times a day.

    I let her out a couple times a day and she would go out into the run, drop a huge turd, race around running, take a vigorous dust bath then head back to the nest... at which point I put her back in the crate. Each time her outings would lengthen a bit, eating, drinking and scratching more and on the 3rd afternoon she stayed out of the nest and went to roost that evening...event over, back to normal tho she didn't lay for another week or two.

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