I don't have a broody hen right now but want to be prepared for when I do. I have a Buff Orpington who spends so much time in the nest box when laying her eggs that I have thought she was going broody a few times. Today she layed her egg, went outside for a few minutes, then went back into the coop and sat on the fake egg I have in another nest box. She was very upset at me when I pushed her off and took it. She eventually went back outside to join the flock. I suspect she will be the first to go broody.
My question is this, when breaking a broody hen in a cage do you keep them in it overnight? My cage will be set up in the attached run because the coop is only 4x4. Is it going to freak her out to be outside all night by herself?