I have a broody Minorca hen. The last week or so I've been forcing her out of the nest box and then getting the eggs. Last night I didn't collect eggs until around 10 PM and the broody hen was still sitting on them. I was thinking of letting her sit on a day's worth of eggs. I have a silver spangled hamburg rooster, 2 minorca's and 11 red stars, so all the chicks would be mutts, but that's ok.
There are 4 nest boxes, she sits on the most popular, should I try to block it off or something?
What happens when the little chicks hatch in a few weeks? Won't the bigger hens kill them?
Should I be ready to separate them from the flock at that time?
Anything else I should know or do?
Thanks for any help,