I currently have two broody hens laying on two different nests..... The issue I have is of course it's the two nests that everybody else uses so they wil go in and lay an egg and now I think they are laying on eggs freshly laid as well.... So should I move the hens or block them off from the others?
Mark the eggs you want to hatch with black marker (i put x's on mine) and simply remove all fresh eggs daily. That may mean disturbing the brood hen but, in my experience, she will get a drink, a bite to eat and be right back. They dont have to sit on them continuously for them to hatch and many times another hen will be ready to lay and sit a while so they generally will be kept warm. That was my experience. I think sometimes we overthink things and worry too much. How do you think they do it in the wild? This may be the reason they like to lay in nests with eggs. It could be natural instinct to preserve the species, eh?