We currently have eight large fowl. When they are laying properly, they produce far more eggs than we can use. At the moment, though, we are only getting one or two eggs per day. For many weeks we had up to four broody hens stubbornly encamped in the nest box. I have read of various ways to discourage broodiness, but have not done more than turn them out from time to time. Of course, whilst brooding, and for some weeks after, no eggs will be laid. Even those still laying had some difficulties getting into the crowded nest box, and there would often be an egg or two just outside in the coop.