What do I do, I don't want my hen to go broody? I only have small backyard flock of 6 in the city with no roo, so I don't want any broody hens. I only have 4 layers as it is b/c one is molting and another still is not laying yet. And now my 6 egg/week Barred Rock seems to being going broody. Of course I'm not for sure, b/c this is my first backyard flock, had them since June. So yesterday "Babe" the Barred Rock seemed to be staying in the nest box alot, but I didn't pay too close attention b/c sometimes she just takes awhile. Well, I was at work yesterday and the wifey calls and says "Babe won't get off the nest box and Lindsey (my daughter) had to pick her up and put her in the coop"! Our nest box is freestanding on the back porch (not attached to the coop). So today she wanted to stay on the nest ALL DAY and didn't lay an egg. When I get close to her she gives me a wierd noise, i call it the "trill of death scream", yeah its like screaming at me. I really don't think she's sick b/c she acts very perky, and looks just like she does when laying, all puffed up with tail in the air. So at one point I checked under her for an egg (none) and took her out of the box, when I put her on the concrete porch she acted like she was nesting on the concrete for about 15 minutes, then finally got up and acted like a real chicken for about 30 minutes. I left the porch and came back....yep, she was back in the nest box!
Is there a way I can stop this? Or do you just have to ride it out, and if so what type of arrangements do I make for her. Does she need to be isolated? How long will it last? My flock freeranges all day and uses the same nestbox she is hording. and most of the day I'm not really home to monitor her. Help!!