I have a broody hen, the second or third time in a few months she has gone broody, and by far the worst this time around. She's been sitting on eggs for 3 days now, and no matter what I do, I can't get her out. So I was thinking of buying some fertile eggs and letting her hatch them. I've read a few articles/threads, but I still have some questions.
1. Do I have to move her out of the pen? She is highly attached to the nesting box, so if I need to separate her, can I just section that bit off for her? The other hens have places elsewhere they can lay.
2. Do I need to candle the eggs during the sitting phase? Some articles said yes, some say no. This hen is rather vicious when we come near her at the moment, so a) I don't like the idea of taking her eggs off her, and b) I have no idea how to do it!
3. Are there any special rules on transporting fertile eggs? I'd have to drive about 30 mins/45 mins to pick the eggs up, and it is summer here (about 30c today). Is there anything I need to do?
4. Do I need special food for the chicks when/if they hatch? Any other special arrangements I need to make?