What is the proper way to break a broody hen using a dog crate? Do you place the dog crate minus the platic tray right in the run with the others and then move her to the roost in the evenings? My silkie, I think is being broody. Since Sunday, when we found out we had two roosters and had to give them away (gave them up on Saturday), suddenly Aunt Bethany, my silkie went into the nesting box, laid an egg and sat there all Sunday. Mid day Sunday my Dh picked her up, grabbed the eggs (one from her and one from my other silkie)and put her back. When I locked up the coop Sunday night, she was still there in the nesting box. Though she did free range for about an hour on Sunday, but she just sat there on the grass for about 10 minutes before she wandered back up to the nesting box Yesterday, we had a ton of rain (10+") and so I figured she would be in the nesting box as well, sure enough when I got home, she was still in the same spot I saw her in the morning before work. But there was an egg, next to her. I think it was my other Silkie. This morning, I picked her up and moved her out of the nesting box and placed her by the food. She ate, drank and scratched around for about 15 minutes, then went right back up to the nesting box. I did notice that she is making some noises, like a sneeze or something. Is she depressed that we don't have our Roos anymore? Is she sick? Is she broody? Should I just relax and see what happens over the next few days? I'm new to chickens, so sorry if this is a redundant question. Thanks in advance for your opinions and comments!