My Olga is half American gamefowl and half EE. I got her from a fellow BYCer last July when she was a 3-day-old chick. She has been laying about 4 weeks now. About two weeks after she started laying, she has tried to go broody every single morning when she lays her egg. We steal her egg, take her off the nest, give her a little pet when she squats, and she goes off and sings the egg song and all is well. Well... this morning, that's not quite how it went. DH went out, took her egg, and she 'bout took his hand off. He took her out of the nest, and she sang egg song but it sounded particularly "urgent" and loud and then she ran back in and got back on the nest with nothing under her but a wooden decoy egg. A friend of ours gave us 5 fertile bantam eggs day before yesterday for our mini bator, but we decided hey, let's stick those under Olga instead. So she's sitting on 5 banty eggs now! She is allllll puffed up and doesn't even look like herself (who knew that funny-looking, scrawny bird could be SO beautiful??). If she gets off the eggs before the time is up, we can stick them in the bator to finish? We do not have any roosters here, so none of our own flock's eggs will ever hatch. However, we have already had a situation this morning where our barred rock went in to lay her egg, and Olga stole it. I had to lift her up and steal it back, and she was none too happy about that. I hope that having to do that every day will not cause her to stop brooding the eggs! Will it? Is there some other way we should handle this? I like the idea of letting the chickens do all the work. LOL.