We have what we think might be a broody hen. She stays in the nest most of the day, but doesn't lay. Think that she is also hogging the nest box so that other hens can't lay! Haven't had an egg in days. (We have two nest boxes but they all lay in the one of course)
What should we do? How do we know that she's broody and not sick or something?
If you want chicks you could let her sit on some fertile eggs.
Otherwise you need to put her off the 'cluck'. My mum used to put them under a wooden box on the back lawn and keep them there until they stopped clucking.
We had success by taking blocking ours out of the nest box for a day or so.
There are various other methods you can use. You can Google them or I'm sure people on Ooooby have lots favourite tricks they can tell you.
The guy I bought my brown shavers from suggested the box thing but also suggested that you get a bucket of cold water, hold the chook and dip her butt into the water for a couple of minutes. Take her out for a minute or so then put her back in the water for another couple of minutes.
He reckons it works pretty well and gets the job done quickly. It seems to be something to do with the temperature of the egg system and if you can get that down you have a better chance of her coming back onto the lay.
Good luck, let us know what happens. Keep this as a diary please.
Hmm, thanks guys. Definitely diagnosed as a case of broodiness now. We took an egg out from under her and shooed her out of nest, but not without much kafuffle and clucking. We were out there for a couple of hours so kept kicking her out of nest. Tomorrow we'll devise a way of keeping her out of the nest and access for the others, but it sounds like this might not solve the "problem." In which case, anyone need any eggs hatched?
LOL sounds like a broodie hen to me.
Take her out of the hen house tonight (once its dark) , and put her in a box (wine/beer box will do) with some nesting material in it, put the box in a safe darkish place and put a lid on it so she can't get out. In a couple of days, or so, put some fertile eggs under her.
Meanwhile the other chooks will restart laying where they are supposed to.