Never had a broody before. LONG STORY SHORT, I am guessing she has a nest out in a wooded area behind our house that I will look for tomorrow. When I find it, should I move her and the nest into the coop and put it separate from the nesting boxes, like a dog cage and leave it open for her to come and go???? oR keep letting her stay out at night and hope she is ok???? "If" there is a nest,I am guessing that she has been sitting on it for about 2 weeks. ((Maybe more)) will have to candle the eggs, "WHICH I HAVE NEVER DONE" so excited. LONG STORY.. We went on vacation October 23rd and the neighbors called to tell us that a hawk must have gotten one of our free range ladies because she didn't return to the coop that first night. ((So this may have started before we left)) I asked them to keep all my punkins locked up while we were gone until November 1st. November 2nd morning she showed up sqwaking and making a fuss and I felt so bad that she had been fending for herself for over a week. We just realized today that she has not been going to the co-op at night since we returned from vacation and one of my daughter's said today that she hasn't seen her all week but off and on. So I am guessing that she is sitting somewhere and is only returning to the coop to eat. We have a Randy rooster so she is fertal.