Two of our hens have gone broody. What this means is that they think their biological clock is ticking and they should hatch a batch of chicks. They sit on a nest box for days, getting up only long enough to drink and eat a little. They stop laying, because what is the point if they are going to hatch a brood of chicks.
This would be good if I wanted some baby chicks. But I don’t keep a rooster, so I obviously don’t want baby chicks. This year’s baby chicks are still growing and haven’t yet started to lay. I don’t need any more of this waiting and more waiting. The fact that the two girls have stopped laying does not endear them to me. I have tried to break the cycle by picking them up several times a day and carrying them out of the nest boxes. My hens don’t normally try to spend the night in a next box, but this broody cycle they have started trying to do so. I have taken to put wood over the boxes try to stop this all. So far no luck. We are still in a battle of wills.