We decided to use our brooder (Version #2) and put it in the garage where the temperature this time of year is still pretty cool. (We've had a couple of laughs about using the brooder for the broody hen!) She went in on Sunday afternoon and was not happy about it. She made all kinds of noise and then threw an absolute fit! She knocked over her food and water and cut her comb a bit where it meets her beak. Silly chicken. Once she exhausted herself from her fit, she chilled out and tried to get comfortable (not an easy feat on wire mesh).
We kept her in there until Wednesday evening, checking on her a few times a day and hoping the experience would break her broodiness. Then, when we got home last night we transferred her back into the coop. At first she just wandered around and made a bunch of noise. Then, she headed straight for the nesting boxes. Yep. Bitch. Tool Lady chased her out a few times and she finally made her way the roost with all her sisters.
But then, this morning, where do you think she was? Yep, right back in the nesting box with another hen! See her laying behind the hen peeking out at me (there's also one of our newest Newbies in the back trying to figure out what all the fuss is about)? Poor hen is just trying to poop out an egg and Blondie just can't wait to pounce on it! Ugh! Looks like we just might have to cull her after all.
Also, in addition to all her antics and their affect on egg production (way down, I think due to the stress she's putting on the other hens), she stinks! This is gross but, because she's not pooping very often, when she does, it is absolutely vile! I'm not grossed out by too many things, but man, I never imagined chicken shit could be so incredibly horrendous! Poor thing...I know it's just instinct to want to hatch some babies, but holy hell!