So what to do with a broody hen? We don't have eggs to hatch and her hogging the coop is discouraging the other chickens to lay. Not to mention that she has stopped laying as well. The best way to discourage broodiness is to separate the hen from the rest of the flock into her own smallish pen. I've read that it's best to make the pen as uncomfortable as possible. John is going to rig up something tomorrow, so for the time being she has been banished- to glory land. Her punishment is free reign of the entire backyard.
Take that, Blackberry!
Signs you have a broody hen:
1. her comb has gone from red to pink
2. her chest feathers are gone (this is so the heat can be more easily transferred to the eggs)
3. she puffs up and pecks when you come near her while she's nesting (fortunately, Blackberry is extremely docile- not one peck!)
4. she doesn't leave the nest- even to eat- and when she does, she guards it fiercely
Those of you that are more chicken knowledgeable than I, please share your experiences and advice!