I am pleased that Roxie is proving to be a great broody, and that our eggs arrived whole and uncracked. ( Thanks peaceof thyme!!!) I will candle on day 10 to see if they got scrambled in the mail or if they were viable. I seperated her into a big plastic dog crate with a nesting box and golf balls 3 days ago and put nine Barnevelder eggs under her yesterday. I have her nest box wrapped up in an old wool blanket, except the opening so it is warmer and less drafty. The dog crate is under a roof in the chicken run on top of straw bales and the run has straw bale and plastic walls. The crate has a metal grid door so the other girls can see in and still smell her... when I put Roxies treats in they clamour to get in too. I put a little water dish (and check to be sure it isn't frozen over, so far so good) and a little food dish up in the corners of the nesting box. In the 3 days she has eaten about 2 tablespoons of yogurt and chicken feed mix and a tablespoon of cooked egg and drinks a tiny bit, but she has not left the nest box AT ALL, not even onto the floor of the dog crate with its feeder and waterer and wood shavings floor. I am concerned as she has not pooped in or out of the nest box since I put her there. When she got broody in the egg boxes in our coop about two weeks ago she would get off a time or two a day and run around and eat and drink. Usually when another girl pushed her out to lay an egg in 'Her"nest box... I am worried about her hardly eating and it being cold again ( high 20's to 40). Should I just assume nature will take its course and keep everything she needs available to her? Should I bring the dog crate in the house? ( I would rather not...) Should I lift her off her new nest of real eggs every day into her crate, or will the eggs get too cold? Should I open the door of the crate into the rest of the chicken world? I think the the other girls will go in and bang around and eat her treats if I do that, and I am not sure she would return into the dog crate on her own... Will she really survive and keep herself and the eggs warm on so little food? Thanks to all for listening to my silly chicken Mom worries.