Molly (our cuckoo leghorn) has gone broody, and given her way would spend all day up in the roost area of our chicken tractor. The photo shows the roost with the access door open – she gets cranky and pecks me if I try to move her.
I’ve been putting her out every morning and blocking the entrance to the roost until evening, but then she just makes a hole in the ground and sits in that all day. She’s been broody since about Christmas Day, and hasn’t laid any eggs in that time. She isn’t sitting on any, either.
My dad said when he was a kid people would put broody chickens in a sugar sack and hang them from the clothesline, and that would soon sort them out. I’m not sure that would be accepted practice nowadays :-).
Please give me your (hopefully more humane) suggestions below!
Update: Another way to deal with a broody chicken is to get some fertile eggs and allow her to raise some chicks. It’s a great way to get replacement layers as your flock ages, and it’s a great experience for kids. If you’re in the Illawarra, I can sell you fertile eggs cheaply and will happily take back any unwanted roosters or surplus hens that hatch. See my alternative broody hen solution for more info.