I believe our Orpington has gone broody; She has all of the symptoms associated with broodiness. I've read discussion pages on broodiness and breaking it. We don't have a cage to put her in to break her. So I'm looking to plan B. I have some questions: Will it help her if I remove her from the nesting box each morning and only let her back in when night falls? We have a slide door that can securely lock her out of the nesting boxes. (I'd have to do this after the other ladies have laid for the day, of course). I did this today, because I wanted her to eat and drink, which she did right away. My second question is, if I lock her out of the nesting boxes during the day, will there be any lasting "damage" to her--psychologically or other? I assume she'll eventually "work through this." Am I wrong?
Thank you for your advice!