My first broody hen (not counting the meatie, which was just weird) is on day 18 - 10 days on eggs that weren't any good for some reason, & 8 days on her second batch. She is in a large dog crate. She has plenty of room to move around in the crate and food and water right in front of her. She has to be locked in her crate when I'm not out there to supervise, because the other birds in the coop, being young like her will go in her nest and tear things apart otherwise. Especially the meaties, who are totally clueless. Every day for the past 18 days I've had to force the broody off the nest and then keep an eye on things. At first she fought me tooth and nail, but then she got to where she just squawked a bit, but after a few minutes would run out of the coop and take care of business before heading back to her nest. I observed that she would stay off the nest longer on warmer days, less time on cold days. This past week it was unusually cold, with snow. Today all of a sudden, the snow has melted and the thermometer on the porch reads 65 degrees. When I went to the coop to let the broody out for her daily constitutional, I was surprised (and a little worried) to see her anxious to get out. She climbed off her nest and started pacing at the door. She stayed off the nest longer than ever before, approx. 35 minutes, she took a dustbath, ate and drank multiple times. She also did a new behavior - scratching at the ground and clucking the way a rooster clucks when he has something good for the girls to eat. She still refused to have anything to do with the rooster and she made that quite clear to him. So, is she giving up? Or is she finally acting like a "normal" broody?