I have 9 hens. One of them went broody at least 2 months ago, she is a cochin. She still is even though she isn't sitting on any eggs. One week after she went broody we noticed another of the girls doing the same. Approximately 2 weeks after that a third girl went broody. Next my silkie girl started brooding in a weird little corner that I cant call a nest but she seems to have given up. Now I've noticed that for the last week or so my Austrolorp has started to spend a lot of time on the nest. At one point I stopped hens 2 and 3 from brooding by placing them on the roosts during the night instead of allowing them to sleep in the nests. But like I said girl number 1 is still brooding. Should I try harder to stop her just in case she is encouraging the others to brood? Its not like we are hurting for eggs. We are still getting 5 a day but I don't really know how long this can go on. As an aside, I have chicks coming the May 23. Does anyone think I should sneak the new chicks under the main culprit to see if that helps her and them? I hate the thought of caging her to stop the brooding. She is getting plenty to eat and drink so she isn't hurting. I thought that maybe she just really needs to be a mom. She makes noises at me when I take her out but has never pecked me so I think her temperament is right. Any feedback or opinions would be appreciated.