My faithful RIR went broody in the spring and hatched us 7 now-teenage chickens. And then I got rid of the rooster because we had chicks and his constant crowing was driving the whole neighborhood crazy. (Or at least he was driving me crazy) And now she's broody again and trying her hardest to hatch unfertilized eggs. UGH. Several times while she's been on break for a few minutes I have stolen her eggs. She could care less. She sits on the empty nest anyway and pretends there are eggs. So today when she took a break, I not only grabbed the eggs, but I locked the coop door so she couldn't get back in. (They free range all day.) I see now that she's circling the coop and it's breaking my heart for her. But she's hogging the hens' favorite nesting spot, and she'll probably sit there till kingdom come waiting for those eggs to hatch. Plus, it's hot in there and I don't want her to get heat stroke for no good reason. So what's a hen owner to do? I thought about buying fertilized eggs and putting them under her, but I really don't want to go thru all that again, esp. with the cold weather coming. Any advice?