I've had 3 chickens that have been broody over a month. Phoenix (who's been broody close to 6 weeks, wish I had known I would have gotten that emu egg I've been dying to get that doesn't fit in my incubator), bantam mix and a GLW. All 3 have hatched chicks before for me. Then one of my easter eggers went broody. Then the brahma. I was ok with 5 chickens on nests. I figured they'd give up eventually. We're done hatching chicks here until Mahonri's NYD Hatch. I only have 9 nest box holes. 29 girls... Some of which have started laying on the ground or in the coop shavings or even under the nest boxes because the "no vacancy" sign has been on far too long. Then 3 days ago my cuckoo marans (who has also hatched out chicks) went broody. And today, my Jersey Giant went broody (she's also hatched before). First I went with the "don't bug them and they'll give up" route. That didn't work. Then I went with the "throw them back up on the roost at night" technique. That didn't work. I had hormone crazed birds flying off the roost in the middle of the night using their faces to feel out for the nesting boxes. Today I'm going with the caged bird technique. I feel awful. But this has GOT to stop. My poor little phoenix hardly has any meat to her at all anymore. So... SOMEONE TURN THE BROODY SWITCH OFF!!