OK - I'll play. First time chicken owner with 3 hens. The younger of the two Olive-Eggers (both laying consistently) is just about a year old and went broody last week. The Marans part of the cross musta kicked in. Tried removing her from the nest/coop for several days unsuccessfully. Checked BYC, since it has all the answers, and contemplated going out to buy a wire bottom crate to break her. What I did already have is a medium size plastic dog crate. Got two fertile eggs from a friend and set her up in the garage with a nice nest in the back half of the crate, crate door propped open leading to a kinda closed off entry area with pine shavings with food and water. She's been sitting tight for 3 days. I'm almost afraid too tight as I don't think she's left the nest at all. She did take dried meal worms that I fed her by hand, but I'm worried about her getting dehydrated.The water is about a foot away and she doesn't attempt to drink when I offer the little waterer to her. Feedback?
You need not worry. The hen will take a break from her nest when she needs to; usually when no one is watching.