We have only had chickens for a little over a year now. Our top hen is a Black Australorp and she went broody about two weeks ago. We don't have a rooster so she is patiently trying to hatch a wooden egg, poor thing. Given that this is her first time to go broody and our first experience with a broody hen, I'm not sure whether to try harder to break her of it or to give her some fertile eggs to hatch or to slip a few day olds under her. What would you do? I've read all kinds of posts about broody hens but I'm no nearer to a decision. Any advice is much appreciated! The big, black, flat pancake bird would also grateful for the help!