Hi all! At least four of my 12 Chantecler hens have gone broody on me. I've read many (very fine) posts here about breaking broody hens. Thanks to advice from you folks, we have a wire broody box, and we've used it a couple of times. It worked both times, but it's such a torture for the poor hen. Last time I used it the hen actually cut herself on the chicken wire trying to get out. I feel sorry for the ones who stay broody too. One hen has lost weight, and all four have completely naked chests and don't eat well. I'm wondering if anyone has experience with controlling mass broodiness besides the intensive hen-by-hen imprisonment system. Or... do some people just let multiple hens go broody and find that that's okay? One problem with that approach: I only have four nest boxes, and now the non-broodies have to fight to find a place to lay. They're doubling and tripling up in boxes. One more question: Is this seasonal? Are they sensing (accurately) that this is a good time to brood? I wish I wanted chicks, but we just don't have the time for that at the moment! These Chanteclers seem like natural moms! Thanks so much for your help!