Sitting on ONE egg
I'm afraid that you should just keep taking her eggs from her if she is going to eat them. Broody hens generally stop laying while they are sitting, so you might not find any under her. But my broody hens get off so that the other girls can lay eggs for them. Most of my broody hens have become lazy enough to just let me take their eggs though. For aggressive hen I get some leather gloves so that they can't bite me. But after awhile they learn not to bite. Good luck!
Broodies will also steal eggs from others' nests. They will roll them and can even carry them.
It might be that you could give her another chance to brood and hatch, and she would do fine. Maybe there was something wrong with that egg; often they seem able to sense this. Although it does seem some broodies insist on killing their chicks.
Happiness is when you can look at your chickens and smile....
Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.
Flockwatching my little bunch of mutts, a favorite pastime.
Ugh, I'm so mad at one hen! She hatched 3 chicks and took them out of the nest but then abandoned them so she could sit on her nest again!!! They just sit under her nest and talk to her. Poor babies, oh well, she won't let me take them either. SO MAD!!!!! Broody hens are a pain in the butt if you ask me....
Will a hen hatch a single egg? I've seen her annoyed with me for taking them, but never like this! I'm new to this. I thought they would only sit on about 5-10.?
Yeah, when I moved my 2 month olds to the coop then the chickens couldn't get them I had one girl that would follow me around for ever until I let her in their to see her "babies". She would count them and they crowded around her, it was so cute! Of course, she was bored after an hour of motherhood everyday!
Thank ya'll, btw, for being so helpful! I'm new to this and know pretty much nothing!