My one broody is no problem at all. Seems to know exactly what she's doing. Gets up to drink and eat once a day, poops and then goes back to her nest. It's the other, young (7 month old) broody I worry about. She's in a large dog kennel, but she refused to give up the bottom half of her original nestbox (kitty litter box), so there's barely enough room for her to step out of it, away from her nest. It has bowls attached to the wire door of it, so there is food and water in front of her, but I've not noticed any of it being eaten/drank. So yesterday I took her off the nest to eat and drink. She grabbed a quick bite, but went right back to her nest. She started to go into the wrong nest, so I directed her gently back to hers. I had to keep my roo out of the coop to keep him from harrasing her. Impy the roo hasn't yet learned that no means no. Today I informed DH that I was going to force her off the nest, because I worried all night about her going without getting something to drink. I forced her out, she saw my big chickens in her coop and ran screaming out of the coop. My rooster gave chase, so I caught him and put him on the screened porch. My broody stayed off the nest for about 30 minutes, but her eggs are snug in the hay and it's warm here today, so I'm not too worried about them. She ate, drank and pooped. She went and scratched around for a bit with the rest of her flock. She was confused about going back to her nest because some of my adult birds were in her coop, snitching food. I chased them out and she went back to her nest. She's now locked back in her crate. Once the broody was outside I realized I couldn't tell her from her two twins when they are all out together. I'm thinking I may have to attach a ziptie to her leg tonight. This seems like a big hassle to go through for the next 17 days or so. But am I overcomplicating it? Should I just open her door once a day, put my rooster on the porched and hope for the best? I'm worried about others getting on her nest, her being afraid to go back to her nest because of the big birds, of locking the wrong pullet back on the nest, etc.