I highly suspect that my 7 month old silkie has gone, or is going broody. Although she did lay an egg yesterday, she spent the entire day (and night) in the nest box. She attempted to settle in for today as well, but I wouldn't let her. I physically removed her from the nest box and barred her from returning. This worked great for today, but it presented a probem with the others who may have wanted to lay an egg up there! I am planning on converting a pet kennel into a temporary "broody breaker", but I do have some questions. 1. The "broody breaker" is in the house (I have no plans to move it outside - not weather proof). Is it a good or bad idea to return the silkie to the coop at night to sleep with her friends? I have blocked off the nesting area at night. (I have concerns about the cold weather and don't want her to "adjust" to the warm kitchen only to be shocked by the temp outside.) 2. Is it ok to let her run around outside when the other ladies are out (supervised by me)? 3. Any ideas on how long this "breaking" process takes? I think I'm nipping it in the bud, but still... 4. Is it ever ok to just let them be broody (no roos)? Do they ever just "get over it" themselves? And finally, 5. On a slightly different note, I have no intention of artificially providing light. I understand that this will result in few to no eggs at all during the winter season. Does anyone know what I can expect by NOT lighting? I have seen many posts about how great it is to light, but nothing on not lighting. Is broodiness affected by the shorter daylight hours? Thanks for any info!!