I know this topic has been discussed previously (a lot, really. Sorry.), but my buff orp has settled in a nest (again) and we've found fertile eggs from a farm nearby. The nest she has claimed is about 3.5 feet above the hen house floor, so I know it is too high. I moved her to a separate section of the coop and gave her a nestbox on the ground last night, to determine if she would move okay. After much pacing, she slept in the grass in the opposite corner from the nestbox, even tho she had hopped into and over the nestbox numerous times. I felt sorry for her (she was pacing again early this morning) and let her back out with the other hens and after tootling around their yard for about an hour, she is back in her original, favorite nest. We would really like to hatch some babies...my husband is convinced that she will sit on eggs/chicks wherever they are and that we could keep could keep the newly hatched chicks in the high nest and then move the whole caboodle to the separate coop. (He thinks she is the smartest hen. And she probably is, but smart in a chicken is still housed in a pea-sized brain...) We could handle the eggs not hatching and we could raise the chicks if she decides not too- what I couldn't handle are little dead ones on the hen house floor. I need some experienced guidance. Thanks!