who has been sitting in one of the nesting boxes now for at least 4-5 weeks. During which time she laid one (1) egg! (which I took from her). We have no roosters, and are not planning on raising any peeps; her job is to lay eggs...I have not seen her out of the box during this period of time. Though she must be coming out to eat and drink sometime. If I remove the nesting box, will she give up, or probably just move nto and take over the remaining nest box, which our other to B.O.'s use each day to leave us one egg each (bless their little sweet hearts). My question is: how long is she a broody hen before she is a chicken stew ????