Milly, my Maran, went broody this week too. She was on 4 yesterday, but I collected them and had them inside waiting for the prek class to incubate. When I went out there this morning, she was still nesting in the same box, but no eggs! Feeling really guilty from the evil looks she was sending me, I brought the eggs back to the coop. I tried to get her to lay in the pet carrier inside the coop (with bedding and the eggs) and she wouldn't do it. She and I were in the coop together, Moto Moto (the rooster) was outside clucking, Milly was inside sounding the alarm, and I was inside the coop telling her to get on her eggs. It was quite a site (I know because my DH was outside with his welder giggling over the whole scene.) I managed to put the eggs into a box next to the original spot and she got up on them and nestled in. I had to make her move from the favored laying box so I'd still get my eggs for breakfast! Milly got her babies to sit on, I got my favorite laying box back for the other hens, and Moto Moto got his coop door back open. What a mess!
After all this, I sure hope those darn 4 eggs she's guarding hatch....but then what do I do with them? Does she need to have a seperate brooding box for her and the peeps for safety? Will the other hens kill the babies?? I have given into her need to be a mom, but now what do I do??