Well, my BO, Buffy (of course), went broody. I had mistakenly thought that broodiness has been basically bred out of hatchery birds. Whoops. I kicked her off the nest box this morning (she apparently slept in there last night) and gave her treats when she came down into the run. I took the golf balls out of the nest yesterday. I'm gathering eggs as soon as they lay...however, so far today there was only one...laid in the run by one of my EEs. I have a double nest box and they routinely go in there two, and sometimes three, at a time to lay. But of course, she is laying in the middle of the box, on NOTHING, and puffing her self up enormously when anything gets near her. I removed her again and set her in the run. She puffed up, looked stunned for a few minutes, and then walked back up the ramp. So, I've read about broody cages etc, but I have a very small coup. It's just big enough for roosting and laying really. Absolutely no room for cages, even if I had one. So... Do I just keep going out there to remove her from the box? I can block the box at night, I think. What if she has to lay an egg and I keep removing her, or will she just stop laying while she is doing this? What the heck does she think she is sitting on? There is nothing there! Also, I can't get her fertile eggs to hatch as I live in an area where I am only allowed four birds. Thanks for any creative assistance you can offer. Edited to say I've removed her a couple of more times now. Prodded her. Tried to get her to eat and drink. Tried to lure her with dandelion greens. She just marches back up to the box! Arrgghh!