Yesterday I noticed that I didn't see one of our nine chickens, Emerald, all day. We searched the yard and under the deck, and couldn't find her. I waited until dark and went to check the coop, and when she wasn't there, I really started to worry. Later that night, my husband went outside with a much better flashlight than my iPhone, and we found her. In the FAR back corner next to the house. I was for sure she was dead. I dropped some water on her, and... nothing. Upon closer look, I saw an egg. This gave me hope, since she was not yet laying (or so I thought). This morning, it dawned on me that maybe she had gone broody and was trying to hatch that egg. (We have no roosters.) Here is what we found when we took the deck apart... Apparently they don't always stop laying alot when they go broody. And, apparently, I was unaware for a LONG time that this was going on. There's no way to cut off access under the deck, and it's a great place for shade and cool ground for the rest of them during the hot summer. Suggestions for stopping her for going back under there? I'm assuming we shouldn't eat the eggs, but I didn't see many threads on this, and maybe the advise can help someone out who is searching like me!