For a while now I've been working on plans for a chicken nursery for the eggs to incubate and chicks to brood in the spring, the plan was if there was a broody hen and we were ready for hatchlings we'd move her from the flock and into the nursery until she and the chicks were ready to move back into the flock but now I'm thinking of changing that plan. Some back-story: We have a silkie hen that goes broody quite often which is by all means fine to me but she is majorly picked on by the flock. It started with just being "over-bred" by the king and we thought the problem had stopped but now it's started back up and all of the roosters are doing it, not only are they over breeding her now but none of the roosters or hens will let her eat until they are done which again we thought was fine because she likes to sit in the nest until one of the roosters(the only one who isn't cruel to her) comes and sits on the nest for her, but now the other roosters have noticed and they've started dragging her off the nest by her wing and pretty much making her watch them eat until they are finished. And yes we are planning to remove some of the roosters, but I feel like that wouldn't be enough to help her. Back to the question: Can my silkie hen survive on her own? Can we put her in the nursery permanently to lay eggs or raise chicks as she wishes without any roosters to breed her or torture her? (Yes, I know without the rooster her eggs will not be fertilized, but we have many other hens who lay plenty of fertilized eggs that she could sit on) Or will she become depressed on her own? If that is the case we have three little bantams that could go with her, but I really feel like she would want her own space for a while, no more watching her back every time she makes a move for the food or water, nobody ripping her off of her eggs that she's trying to hard to protect in the middle of our winter. (Ohio weather, 60F yesterday and 30F today.) Answers, Opinions, Stories, Advice, or even other questions will all be greatly appreciated. I really want to here what other's think about this before I do anything, and I'm trying to get as much knowledge of what I'm doing before I do it. Thank you everyone who takes the time to read this!