I have a chocolate Orpington (bantam) that has been broody now for about 9 days. Every day I have been blocking access to the coop to try to break her, but now I have another pullet that is clearly about ready to lay and I don't want to cut off access to the egg box and the coop. I tried filling the coop with old flower pots, but she is bound and determined and finds a way to set on her imaginary eggs. She's about 5 months old, and the days are getting shorter and colder where I am so I'm a little surprised she's already going broody. I was hoping she would go broody in the spring as I plan to hatch some eggs for friends who want to start keeping chickens, but it doesn't seem like a good idea to let her hatch eggs right before winter. I'm reluctant to do the wire cage thing I've read about for a few reasons. If I keep the door to the coop open so the other bird can start to lay - will she if the other bird is already in the egg box? The coop is an Eglu cube and so it has one larger-sized egg box.