I have raised chickens all my life, (I'm nearly 60!) so I'm fairly experienced with raising chickens. However, I've always had roosters and totally free-range systems, so I've never had to deal with a broody hen. My current little flock are still free ranging, but on a smaller scale, and I have no rooster. I have a very young Cochin Bantam that has laid about a dozen eggs so far. But she has become insistently broody, so I separated her from the others, (put her in a large cage, a bit off the ground for air circulation), took away any nesting materials and gave her food and water. The cage I have her in is inside the enclosure with my other hens. This is now day 3 and she acts just as broody as ever. She gets frantic at night, wanting to roost with the other hens. But the most troubling thing is that I do not believe she has eaten anything these three days. My questions are: 1) Should I move her completely out of the enclosure, away from the other hens? and 2) Is there a way to encourage her to eat? I'm afraid if she goes much longer, she'll starve herself to death!! Any advice is welcome!