Many more of you shared advice for dealing with broody hens. The suggestions ranged from allowing the broodies to raise a few day old chicks to removing the broody hens from the coop completely in order to break the cycle. Our coops are at full capacity, so allowing them to raise chicks wasn’t a good option for us. I decided to give our broody girls a change of scenery instead.
I went to the garden coop with a crate to gather the three broody bantam hens. I opened the nest box door to find them in a single nest box together. They were in such close quarters that I could barely see where one hen ended and the next hen began.
After a few days of my impatient monitoring, the impossible happened. I looked out our kitchen
window to see that there were five hens out in the dappled sunshine of the garden coop’s run. I went outside and counted to make sure that I wasn’t dreaming. After a recount, I was able to confirm that all seven of our bantam hens were indeed out of the nest box.