KK, glad it brought you some fond memories. Sjoerd, There are hens that are "broodier" than others. Most of my laying hens aren't the type to sit on a clutch of eggs in the Spring, but the "heritage" type tend to decide it's time to hatch a clutch of eggs. I will liken it to a swarm...there is an inbred desire to perpetuate life. no way to really discourage it from starting, but if you distress her it will break the intention. I have heard to run a fan towards a broody hen, they don't like the air movement. I had a hen last year who had a clutch of all blue eggs under a bush near the house, so in order to protect her and them, I thought I would move them to a corner of the closed off section of the chicken coop. She wanted NOTHING to do with being moved and would not sit on them there, so moved her back outside the next day and she was as happy as a pig in mud.the next night something ate all her eggs and she went back to being a regular hen. When gathering eggs I usually slide my hand under the hen and just take the eggs, but these three have been sitting in the same boxes for two days now. So, last night I took the eggs (again) and then I pulled them out of the boxes and sat them elsewhere. I do have one hen who will draw blood...mean old biddy. I went to get eggs from the bottom row one day and she was on the top row...she reached out of the box to get me, narrowly missed hitting my eyeball, she got my cheek bone instead. So, I do have to watch for her, but she growls and warns, so I can pick her out of all the other hens who look like her. I almost rung her neck one day. She is mean! but, I refrained since she lays an egg and that is her job.