Chickens and Roosters
Why do hens sit on their eggs?
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When hens lay eggs how long before they sit on them?
They sit on them as soon as the egg is laid. They will continue sitting on the eggs until they hatch. This keeps the eggs warm. If you gather the eggs every day, the hens are less apt to sit on them. Sometimes their maternal instincts kick in and they will sit on the eggs. When that happens you can just reach underneath and pull the eggs out. They may peck at your hand, but it doesn't hurt.