Having issues with my RIR, Sue, again. Noticed last Monday (02 Nov) that she was broody, refusing to get out of nesting box and puffing up and hissing when I tried to extract her. Got her in the Broody Buster Monday night, and kept her there all day Tues, Wed, Thurs. Let her out Friday morning, only to find her snuggled up in the nesting box again that night when I got home from work.
Back into the Broody Buster on Saturday. Was in there Sunday and today, she had perked right up though and was no longer doing her weird egg sitting thing anymore so let her out tonight about 6pm. She seemed fine, spent a few hours out in the yard eating and socialising, had a dustbath or two, but then tonight when I went to shut up the coop, she was in a nesting box again!!! Thing is, she was totally okay with us getting her out this time, no hissing or puffing of feathers, and now I'm wondering if she is still actually broody or after a week she is confused about where to sleep??
She hasn't laid for almost two weeks now, and this ongoing broodiness issue is driving me up the wall. I live in town so I can't have a rooster, and I'm not well set up for her to raise chicks from fertilised eggs as there are numerous neighbourhood cats who would devour them in a heartbeat.
I remove the eggs from the coop every day, and since she has not been a great layer as of late she is only ever sitting on figments of her imagination. She has pulled loads of feathers from her breastbone/belly to get skin-egg contact, and I am torn between admiring her maternal instinct and wanting to replace her.
Is there another way to break her, other than the broody buster? And is she still actually broody or just confused?
Any advice whatsoever would be greatly appreciated.