our hen, unknown to us, found a very safe corner of our garage to brood in! i'm actually really proud of her. the garage is insulated, and she picked a spot near the door to the outside (the door is blocked though, it can't be opened). but she gets to see daylight through the crack at the bottom, but enjoy the cooler garage, safety from intruders and the elements, total silence and removal from the flock, and it's frankly a GREAT hiding spot. and she laid on my husband's old army uniforms which are well worn, so it's a great big soft nest!
the problem is that the garage is large, and getting out of the garage to their normal food/water/dirt bath spot is a trek. the closest grass is 20+ feet away and she can't see her nest at all. i brought a small DIY waterer to her, and a small container of chick starter for her to eat and she has been eating and drinking. today she finally got up (day 4) and i found out that she had pooped on the nest twice-- not on the eggs, thank goodness, just around the perimeter of the nest-- and she ate an egg. so i had to clean the eggs off. i am certain she doesn't want to stray as far from the eggs as she has to in order to poop and bathe, which is part of the issue.
i'm torn. the spot she is in is EXCELLENT. we will definitely move her around day 18 into the refinished coop that we are currently working on, which will be shaded and safe. and we will put her in a dog crate at that point because she shouldnt really be getting up much anyway. i would rather give her the accommodations she needs and let her be than to lift her every day and meddle with her. i want to clear some room near her, put in a straw bed and a small dust bath bin. is that a good idea? do you think it will work?