Originally Posted by Coop de Grass
That might explain why my Schnitzel, my Biele hen who started laying last, and was being Broody until a month ago, has become broody again. She was in that nest box for three days. I took her out this morning. The only egg in there was the very last fake egg remaining in the coop. At least now I know that if I harass her by taking her out of the nest constantly she will get the message. But really???
Do I put eggs under her? Last time I did try that, but by the time I did it, she was pretty inconsistent about staying on the nest.
Right now I am just muttering loudly that she will become Chicken Tikka if she doesn't straighten up and lay some eggs!
I have lived this scenario so often I thought I had written your post while sleep typing.
Here's what's worked for me:
Set up a low nesting box with a fake egg in an isolated area. I used a low-walled cardboard box filled with wood shavings and a golf ball. Put your broody in that pen and watch to see if she takes to the nesting box. If she does and she stays in it overnight, give her some eggs. She's ready. And keep in mind, the longer she's been broody, the more likely she is to stay on the nest.
I have one White Rock hen, Lily, who consistently goes broody every 5-6 weeks and is currently raising her second clutch of chicks. Now her sister, Dolly, has gone broody and is a MEAN broody. Whereas Lily would take a break from the nest a couple times per day, Dolly went two days without even leaving the nest to poop. At least she finally stopped growling at me and trying to peck me when I place a small bowl of food in her nesting box.
Oh, and right now, I've got 8 broody hens.