One of our orpingtons seems to have gone broody, but we're not sure. She has remained on an empty nest for the past 2 weeks. The other hens were getting in the nest with her to lay their eggs (we have 2 nests for 5 hens which has been adequate) but now they will not go near her, laying their eggs in the nest next door which is fine. We take her off the nest and put her outside in the yard to forage with the others every day for a couple hours at least, closing the door so she can't get right back in, and she eats and drinks like she's very, very hungry of course. We are feeding laying crumbles and corn, a flock block and the yummy bugs and whatever they find in the yard that delights them. "Cora" is starting to get thin. Her behind is clean, and she isn't pulling feathers out and the nest is not messy so she's not going to the potty in there. When she's in the yard, the rest of the flock either ignores her or pecks at her if she gets too close or she will stay away from them to go her own way. After a while she goes back and sits in front of the coop door waiting to be let back in. We've never had hens go broody before so we don't know what to expect. Is every hen different in their broodiness? We've tried taking all nesting material out, putting fake eggs and ice under her. We don't have a separate place to put her but we're wondering if we need to do that. We're beginnnig to think she has some problem which is why the other hens want to peck her, thinking she is weak or sick. We just came off a heat wave (southern Ohio) and flock egg production was down to 1 egg daily but has recovered somewhat with 3 eggs daily instead of 4 or 5 with the broody Cora not laying at all now. Is Cora broody or sick? Should a broody hen be separated out for her own safety and health?