We have 7 hens and NO roosters. None are even remotely close, as we live in the suburbs and technically aren't even allowed to have chickens in the first place (oops, oh well). Our youngest, an Australorp mix, has started going super broody. She hogs the most popular nesting box and sits... All... Day... Long.
I tried to get her out after I caught a glimpse of 6 eggs underneath her, but she attacked the broom handle I was using to move her. I finally pushed her off and she went bazerk! Same thing happened yesterday. Terrifying. I've heard of people getting really excited that their hens go broody, but we aren't hatching anything (maybe we should try?).
About how long does this behavior last for young-ish hens that have no chance of laying fertilized eggs? Would it be best to leave her at a farm for a weekend, let her get "fertilized", then put her in a separate pen and try to take advantage of her broodiness?
Any thoughts would be much appreciated.