Is it common for hens to start brooding middle of winter? After a little research here it appears one of our 18 buff hens has become broody. They all just started laying in December and share the coop with 2 buff orp roosters and 6 dark cornish hens, same age. This hen bristles and blasts out a withering screech/squawk that gets louder the closer I approach. Has been there a few days and won't move. As our eggs from the rest of the flock are likely fertile, giving her a bunch to incubate would be easy enough, but raising chicks in beginning of February? We just went through a long bitter cold spell and could easily see that again soon even with normal Feb. weather south east Manitoba. There's some heat from a 200w ceramic heat lamp but it gets well below freezing (-10C to -15C if its blistering -40 out) in the coop at night. The birds seem fine and healthy and came through that cold blast looking just fine, laying 12-20 eggs a day from 24 hens. I had a regular heat lamp in there (bright red 175W) but it seemed to keep them too busy at night and natural light cycles make sense to me so I got the "dark" ceramic bulb a week ago. The change in lighting seemed to slowly curtail egg production a bit and we went from 23 eggs one day to about 12 a day now. I hope once they settle in to regular light rythms that will pick up again. Is it worth taking a chance of her actually hatching out in February? Or should I consider trying other ways to disrupt her broodiness? Suggestions?