Originally Posted by pilatik
Dog cage with a wire bottom. I put it up on sawhorses to make sure that she couldn't really start setting. This worked great for my Australorp... for her, not so much. Am I doing something wrong?
Sounds like you are doing fine. Some girls just have a stronger will than others.
As for moving her out from the other hens, I leave my broodies in the general population. Of course they always go broody in the favorite nest box. Each night I roll the eggs out from under her and remove the unmarked ones. Otherwise, they bully each other a bit in the nest but at the end of the day, she ends up sitting the eggs. Sometimes when another hen wants to lay, she goes for her crazy broody run, goes outside, poops, gets a bite to eat and a drink then sits beside the nest until the other hen leaves (or tries to push herself under the other hen.) Either way, not much problem. I do have a portable wire cage that I put around the nest box around day 18 to keep the other hens out during hatch time. That is the most vulnerable time for the eggs/chicks to get crushed in the push and shove for the nest box. During that time I put in food and water for mom and I also leave a little room so that she can get outside the nest and do her poop if she needs to. Generally during hatch they don't get off the nest at all. I leave the cage, food and water until the chicks are fluffy and climbing all over mom and then I remove the cage so she can take them to ground when she is ready.
Some times their behaviors to each other look pretty mean but unless there is blood drawn during an altercation, I generally let them work it out themselves.