I have an Orpington that has decided to hatch eggs. She's been broody for about three weeks now and is more determined than ever to hatch the eggs she has literally flattened herself over. She had gone broody while I was away for a week, and over that week, grew rather attached to her nest. She's currently sitting on infertile eggs, but I have chicks hatching in the incubator as of today!
I've tried moving her six or seven different times: all in the dark of night. Each time, I place her on top of her relocated eggs inside a reinforced doghouse with fencing in front for protection (I've also tried a couple extra hutches that I have numerous times)... She settles down immediately but upon checking her in the morning, she is frantically trying to escape and leaves the nest cold. As soon as I let her out, she heads straight for her specific nesting box and flattens back down again, in a frantic huff.
So, I have some chicks for her hatching now... but I'm worried about putting them under her at night if I can't protect the babies from the rest of the flock. I'm worried that if I simply let her raise them among the rest of the flock, there will be some casualties. Some of my hens are rather bossy and aggressive towards one another.
So... I can't move my hen. She's determined to hatch eggs where she is while her soon-to-be adopted chickie-babies are hatching in my incubator, as we speak.
What do I do?
* I'm also not exaggerating when I say that I have REPEATEDLY attempted to move her to at least three or four different comfortable, safe places to rear her chicks. She's super stubborn.
Edited by MisfitMarie - 3/15/16 at 7:10pm