My husband thinks to just leave her alone until she's sitting properly and then separate her. But she's being acting sort of broody for well over a week now and isn't settling down to sit properly.
She is bottom of the pecking order of my 3 adult birds so I'm wondering if the others are pushing her off the nest. She was in the nest last night but got up this morning for a while to eat before going back to the nest. She was off the nest again this afternoon but one of the others was in there laying. She's back on the nest again this evening. I removed the other girls egg and gave her a china egg which she tucked under herself.
She has been laying this week so maybe is wanting a few more eggs under her? She hasn't laid today though.
She is also being bothered by the youngsters I moved down to the enclosure last week. These are the 13 week old growers that my last broody hatched. They have a separate coop to the adults, but they keep going in and bothering her. The young cockeral tried to mate wuth her today while she was dust bathing and she was not impressed.
If I separate her now and put her somewhere quiet is she likely to start sitting properly. She's pulled out loads of her feathers underneath to line the nest with.