This hen went broody this past week. (This means that she’s decided it’s the right time to sit on a nest and hatch eggs.)
This is pretty unusual for this time of the year as it most definitely NOT the right temperatures and weather conditions to successfully raise a clutch of little chicks. She was broody most of last summer (frustrating since that also means she’s not laying eggs herself…) and when it happened, I put her into her own cage out in bright sunlight. Supposedly that “de-broodifies” chickens. It worked occasionally…otherwise, when let her back out again, she’d jump right back into the nesting boxes again. This time, however, I think I’m going to leave her…the other hens lay eggs in a nest right next to her and she steals the eggs and keeps them under her, a useful trick for this time of the year when eggs freeze somewhat quickly in below zero temps.
We’ll see how long she keeps up with this!