I have 4 hens; one mother and 3 daughters, all laying eggs. However, whenever the mother hen lays eggs, she keeps sitting on these eggs. Sometimes she sits even on her daughters eggs. It becomes very difficult to collect the eggs from her. Ultimately I need to push her with a broom and pick the eggs from underneath her. She does not notice that eggs are gone and keeps sitting in the same place.
Is there a more graceful way of collecting eggs? Even better, is there a way to discourage her from being "broody"?