Still sitting in nest/ Egg gathering?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Shrader, Jul 25, 2007.

  1. Shrader

    Shrader Songster

    Apr 7, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    About an hour ago, I witnessed the birth
    of a little brown egg, about 2/3 the size of a "normal" egg.
    I was so excited -- and I'd heard stories of the chickens crushing their eggs --
    so I grabbed it immediately.
    I just went back down to the coop and the chicken is still sitting in the nest,
    as if she still has an egg under her.
    Should I not have grabbed it so quickly?
    Is it like a new-born baby, should I have given the mother some time with it?
    What's normal procedure and protocol?
  2. wendy

    wendy On the Hill

    Jun 14, 2007
    central louisiana
    how old is your chicken you took it from?
    i have had to do that, because a few chickens just want to sit there. even though we have enough nesting boxes if the egg stays there they don't want to move out at times. and we had a chicken snake not long ago is another reason i did it right after the snake was found. and bad weather coming, i just have several reasons why. i wouldn't worry about it it dosesn't affect my chickens.
  3. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

    Jan 20, 2007
    Yep, that is pretty normal for the hen to sit for a while after laying. Some of my hens don't stay long, while others seem to rest a while....


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