Originally Posted by StoneHillHens
Well, thanks to the great guidance and advice I received here in BYC, moving Momma went okay!
I just kept telling myself that, despite her theatrics, at the end of the day she is still just a 10 pound chicken "who doesn't have teeth." Haha!
(...however, being the coward that I am, I still wore gloves and a long sleeve shirt.)
I threw some of the girls favorite treats right outside the door so she could see the other hens happily enjoying them.; then I went in quick and authoritative, swooped her up off the nest and plunked her out with the other hens.
She puffed and shrieked, but didn't really try to peck too much.
She was sitting on five eggs. We'll see how long it takes to break the spell...
just keep it up! Cooler weather sometimes helps, but besides putting her in a broody breaker cage with just food and water, that's a cage suspended off the floor with no bedding, so the air can flow around her breast and cool her off, the cooling helps to back off the raging hormones that are causing the broody behavior in the first place! Chasing her off the nest is the only way I've found works for most of them....eventually. It's rare but some broodys have brooded themselves to death, basically making themselves sick, by starving, dehydration and inactivity. So nipping it in the bud, is the best thing to do....no matter how much she protests! It's for her own good. Good luck!