Depends on the chicken.
If they're taking eggs from non-commercial breeds, there's an element of timing involved. Hens form a "clutch" of eggs, which is when they lay up to 20 eggs but don't actually do anything with them. They're saving them up until the day their hormones ignite and they're overcome with the desire to sit on the eggs and turn them into chicks. Try to take an egg from a brooding hen and pretty much nothing will happen; it'll be pissed, but it's a chicken and we invented the Naked Chicken Chalupa. What are they gonna do?
Wild hens won't lay another egg until their previous bunch has grown up and moved out of the house. By taking the eggs before they hatch, farmers are tricking hens into entering an infinite cycle of laying eggs which they, in their tiny chicken brains, probably think are duds.
Jesus, that's dark. But surely, commercial factory-farmed chickens have it much better!
Brooding over an egg has been bred out of some commercial hybrid hens. The ones used for large-scale egg farming have had the will to fight back against a huge alien overlord stealing their young scrubbed from their instincts, which sometimes results in them crapping out an egg and walking away like they don't even give a shit anymore. That's almost as sad as the infinite loop of chicken infertility.
As a counterpoint, here's a picture of a really good breakfast sandwich I made the other day:
Much respect, lady chickens.
Luis would like everyone to know that cannibal Armin Meiwes is now a vegetarian. He (Luis, not Armin) is on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook.
Human meat tastes sweet, and you can try some.
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