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I have a one year old production red hen who has gone broody. The papa is an Australorp, but I digress.

 

Unlike many folks I actually WANT her to be broody. Chicks get expensive when you are replacing each year. So, I 'm grateful to have her. However...

 

We have a smaller coop inside the barn coop (long story) but the laying boxes are in the smaller coop. We have 35 hens and 6 boxes to serve them. They use all but 2 of them and for whatever reason they won't lay in those two boxes. My problem is that Ms Broody keeps moving from nest to nest. SHe spends a couple days in one nest, go out to find her in a different one. 

 

How do I keep this crazy girl in one box, staying on one clutch, so I can have some strange new type birds? 

 

Thanks in advance

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Can you set her up her own little area? A lot of people use wire dog crates and make a nest with the fertile eggs for the hen to sit on. Here's a good article and picture about broody care. http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/08/caring-for-broody-hens-facilitating-egg.html

This maternity ward was a pet carrier inside a dog cage in my basement. It doubles as a hospital ward for sick or injured birds.

The "maternity ward"

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