We have a duck that goes broody every year. She escapes the fence and lays all over. She disappears on our 10 acres and we spend DAYS looking for her, until she gets scared and abandons the eggs overnight and comes home only to leave again the next day. In other words, she WANTS to hatch some, but lacks the courage to do it. What I'm wondering is if I can "force" her to nest in a particular place where she will be safe at night. I am thinking putting her with eggs and straw (plus food and water) in a dog crate inside their night quarters? Has anyone tried this? Ideas on whether it will work or not? If you thinks it's possible, then tips for success?