I was already having problems.....chickens have never roosted, just found out that my coop doesn't have enough light and need a better roosting spot, but have been waiting for over a month for my father or husband to bust out the power tools and try and remedy it. Then, one of the hens stopped laying in the next boxes and started laying in the coop. Then, she started rolling the eggs that were already in the next boxes OUT of the next boxes and into her "nest" in the coop, resulting in multiple cracked eggs each day. Since yesterday, she has spent the entire day sitting on the eggs (AND golfballs that I put in there to try and get her to lay in the next again), and now today I've got a second hen in the nest box all day. In hindsight, I should have seen this coming, but she's gone broody, hasn't she? They both have, right?
So, what now? I can't even imagine how I would set up a separate area for her. It's still freezing here (in the 30's) and since yesterday we've had 40-60 mph winds with scattered power outages. I'm afraid to touch her because she looks like she would eat my children if I tried to mess with her. Do I go out there 20 times a day and take her out of the coop? Do I let her be and wait for her to snap out of it? Remove the golf balls? Put a frozen water bottle under her?
They are Buff Orpingtons, by the way.
Edited by ChickenHawk12 - 4/3/16 at 12:54pm