My Buff Catalana pullets just started laying on September 22nd. They are the only breed that has started laying for us so far. They were hatched on April 29th. Since last Thursday, one of them has stopped laying and has started sitting in one particular nest (the most popular one that often has 2 hens laying in it at once). She sits in there and on by one her sisters just climb in next to her and lay, and I find her there with 2 or 3 hot little eggs under her. I haven't put her in a broody hen jail yet, simply because I'm all out of cages. I've been kicking her out of the box several times a day, and sending her out into the yard with the other chickens. But she keeps doing it. Tonight when I got home right at sunset, I found her in her regular spot and one of her sisters in another box. I kicked them both out. We do want to hatch some eggs next spring, the kids' school has asked for some eggs to hatch in their classroom incubators, we planned to give them some Ameraucana (some will be Brown-red crossed with Silver, so I think that is called an EE) eggs, and I thought we would let our silkie pullet sit on some Polish eggs. DH still has to build his proposed breeding pen (any excuse to expand the barn), we have a rooster quarantined in one dog crate, a naughty 6 month old puppy with incontinence in the other, and now that the silky pair are in the wire pen in the garage (until DH builds them a pen inside the main coop), we are running out of room for broody hens! And since we are in Canada, that will mean we will need another heat lamp. And did I mention that I'm 6 months pregnant? A few of my kids think we should let her hatch a few and it would be kind of fun and the chicken addict in me is tempted by the thought. My sister saw her when she came over for Canadian Thanksgiving and felt really sorry for her and pled her case, that "She just wants to have some babies." Either way, I'm going to need to get her a cage. The question is should it be a broody hen pen or a wire bottom cage suspended off of the floor?