Our sitting-hen-in-a-box experiment continues. We’ll see in a couple of weeks how well it goes. Lately every morning I let the hen out of the box and she seems happy to leave. But when I come back a little later, after doing some chores, she’s always waiting for me to put her back, and she seems happy to return. We have seven eggs in the nest and I’m hopeful that we’ll have a good hatch.
In the meantime we had another hen go broody and I don’t have another box to use. So I gave her a dozen eggs to sit on and she seemed happy enough, but predictably wouldn’t consistently return to the correct nest. So I took a dish towel and some duct tape and made a curtain for her. This gives her some privacy and hopefully discourages the other hens from getting into her nest. The “curtain nest” is scheduled for a hatch about a week after the “box nest.”
I’m interested to see how it turns out.