We have had layers for a couple of years now. I am ready to start allowing the hens to raise their own chicks, rather than to continue purchasing chicks. However, in 2 years of having chickens -- of all sorts of breeds and ages, hens and roosters -- we have never had one even threaten to go broody. Some of our breeds are well known for their tendency to go broody, but we've had no sign at all. Is there anything we can do to encourage one to go broody? The only thing I can figure is that, perhaps, we collect eggs too often? We live in a rather cold environment, and we have young children in charge of egg collecting. Between those two factors, we collect eggs multiple times a day, so it isn't like we ever have piles of eggs laying around (Except for the fake wood egg in each nest box). Should I try to just leave the eggs and only collect at the end of the day? Should I separate a hen or two from the rest of the group? I am quite clueless here. Thanks!!