We are new to chickens.....still on our first month of collecting eggs. My husband was surprised today when I told him a chicken made a noise at me when it saw me taking a previously laid egg from the nest. The noise-maker has not yet begun to lay was why I thought it was interesting, but my husband was shocked. He says he has been "sneaking" away the eggs when the chickens are not looking so they don't think we are stealing their eggs. We do have a fake egg in each nest (we have six nests to our 18 pullets). They seem to think these fake eggs are Very Important Objects so I've never felt like taking their real eggs out in front of them was a bad thing. My husband was appalled that I did not use stealth. Many times I'm not sure if the chicken in the coop is the one who just laid an egg or not. Sometimes they are just in the coop because of our rainy weather. I tried to find any posts on this on here, please direct me to an old thread if this has been discussed, but I didn't know how to search for this topic.