I think that as of this AM I have a broody girl (she is part cochin...) She was sitting in her nest I believe on an egg just laid by another girl- and I went to check and she got a little puffy and churtled at me. Normally she just lets me pet her Sooo...I had to go to work, so I left her for the time being. I figure if she's still in there when I get home at 4:30 I'll deal with it then. So my question is- I have a dog crate I use as my "hospital" but it doesn't have a wire bottom- just plastic. If that is still okay to use, do I put it in the run with the other girls? The whole run is only 5x10 and the dog crate is a good 2x3. Also- do you leave her in there overnight? Or put her (in the cage) somewhere else? We don't have a lot of predators, but we have some neighbor hood cats... there are some gaps at the top of the run, and I'd hate to leave her just sitting there in the cage. Maybe in the garage overnight? Please grace me with your opinions! I cannot give her eggs/chicks. I would love too...but as I am 4 hens over my limit already, I'd like to keep my numbers down. :barn She was walking around with her buds when i got home, and now they are all peckin around the yard.