I'm very new to chickens, I'm now going into my 3rd month of having them and it really has been the best thing i have ever done! However I'm not daft enough to not notice that two of my hens have hunkered down to nest. One, my Buff Orpington (Notorious for this behavior as i have learnt) has been brooding for 3 weeks, i toss her out the nest for half hour in the morning and again in the afternoon. My partner has had chickens for years and has told me to just leave her to get on with it with her 'invisible eggs' and she'll come round eventually. Which I have done so far. However my Rhode Rock has now decided she wants to be broody too, tho she does come out of her own accord a few times a day. I've tried the cold bath method on both, which worked for 30-45 mins each time they were back to normal but as soon as there dry, there back in. I have also tried shutting them out all day which they, although they are quite noisy, do flock with the rest if free ranging in the garden, but the other are having to lay in the garden.. which has problems in itself, as well as pacing when one wants to get in etc Ive read quite a bit and have been recommended the brood cage method, but I feel its a bit mean? My question is do you leave them in it all day and all night? My run is fairly secure but id feel terrible leaving them in a crate all night in the run and they get got by a fox My other question is, if i left them to brood, how long is it before they snap out of it usually? I'm not too worried but my Rhode Rock is getting picked on, and my Buff is being horrendous to every body and I'd just really like the harmony to return to my flock.