Previously I had Wynndottes and dealt with broody hens, even let one hatch eggs last year.
All the Wynndottes are now gone and I've got a Speckled Sussex going broody. This bird is a complete psycho as a Broody hen, to steal eggs from under her I had to wear a heavy long sleeve shirt and leather gloves. Any time I even open the nest box she is going ballistic and of course that makes the rooster flip out as well. Any time I reach in there's a risk of bloodloss due to her attacking me.
Have others had Broodies that act this way? None of the Wynndottes acted like this when they were broody.
Will she make a more protective mother if she hatches eggs?
as a tangent, will a broody hen keep adding eggs to the nest once they starting brooding? I only have the one Sussex and would love to hatch some of her eggs as well as the rest of my flock. She is currently sitting on 4 fake eggs till I can collect a dozen for her to set. would there be a better chance of her adding to the nest if there were fewer or no eggs under her?