Just started keeping chickens about a year ago, this is my first time dealing with a broody hen. Of my seven hens, only one is broody, one of two Buff Orpingtons. She stays on the nest even without any eggs. I understand that opinions vary as to how to deal with this. Should I intervene or just wait her out? Is there any downside to letting the hen be broody until she gets over it? She seems to be relatively healthy and gets up to eat a drink, whether it is enough I can't say. Her comb is pale so I assume she is not laying at the moment. The other hens are all fine, though egg production seems to have dropped in general some what. No new stressors to the flock other than warmer weather. What are your opinions?
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5/29/16 at 8:37am