A few days ago, I had a hen go broody. This is my first time having a broody hen, and I'd like to have her hatch eggs, but not sure what to do. The nest she was in is not suitable for hatching. That nest was in the main coop and it's where all the other hens like to lay their eggs. Not only that, but one of my hens has been laying soft-shelled eggs on occasion. Those tend to break in the nest, and I just don't want that to happen in a nest where I've got a broody trying to hatch eggs.
So I fixed up another enclosure for my broody hen, away from the flock, and made her a nest in there with several golf balls. Last night after dark, my husband and I moved the broody to her new location. She is not accepting it. She spazzed out last night and would not stay on the new nest. This morning she's just standing around in the middle of the enclosure. I think I haven't completely broken her of broodiness, because if I look at her without even approaching, she puffs up and screams at me. So far, she is not sitting on the golf balls. And she keeps doing her alarm call noise off and on (bok bok bok ba-KAW!)