What am I supposed to do here?

coop-er

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I have a flock of 12 hens and 1 rooster. My family just returned from a long weekend and one of my Golden Seabright hens (small, bantam) is sitting on 9 eggs-as far as I can tell none are hers. They belong to my Swedish Flowers, RIR, and Rhodebars. She does not want to move. This is a mountain of eggs for this small bird. Is this broody behavior? And what should I do? I was going to add 4 more birds to my coop today, what is the best course here??
 

coop-er

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Yes shes most likely broody, You should probably separate her from the rest of the chickens. 
Does it do any harm to take the eggs away? I am at my limit (space-wise) so another 9 chicks is too many. Also we are building a new coop and she will be moving into new quarters in a couple of weeks. What to do???
 

donrae

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If you don't want her to hatch eggs at this time, you'll need to break her broody hormones. the easiest way to do this is to put her by herself in a wire-bottom cage that's hanging or at least elevated off the ground. Feed, water and a roost if you want, but no nest box or nesting materials, just the wire bottom. She'll fuss a bit, but it won't hurt her in the least. It will actually take a lot more out of her body to continue brooding, with no outcome of chicks to balance the stress to her. It usually takes around 5 days in a cage to break a broody, more or less.
 

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If you don't want her to hatch eggs at this time, you'll need to break her broody hormones. the easiest way to do this is to put her by herself in a wire-bottom cage that's hanging or at least elevated off the ground. Feed, water and a roost if you want, but no nest box or nesting materials, just the wire bottom. She'll fuss a bit, but it won't hurt her in the least. It will actually take a lot more out of her body to continue brooding, with no outcome of chicks to balance the stress to her. It usually takes around 5 days in a cage to break a broody, more or less.
How do you know when she has been "broken"?
 

lightchick

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Keep her in the wire cage for a day or two then take her out and see what she does.
If she goes back to sitting on the nest then put her back in the wire cage for a longer period of time.
 

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If you let her sit on them I would mark on them so if other chickens lay eggs in her nest you will know which eggs to remove.you could find homes for them after they hatch.
 

donrae

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You'll know she's broke her broodiness when she quits trying to nest in the wire cage. When you put her back in the coop, if she makes a beeline for the nest and hops back on, she need more time in the cage.
 

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