My 7-month old hen has been setting on her one egg for 10 days now. I am so torn between leaving her alone where she is at in the coop or separating her. Unless I plan to be gone for the whole day, all doors are opened in the morning, to both the yard and a large run. I have what can only call a 'coop within a coop'. Just for extra security and because the 'inside' coop will be easier to keep warm. Of course, 6 of them insist on sleeping on the top of it. That will be a different ballgame come winter. My Bar Cochin has opted to set on the floor along one side. It's dirt with deep straw. I could (probably easily) pen her in there, but I'm not sure if I should. For one thing, it would involve some hammering and I'm reluctant to stress her out. I am wondering about the percentages of the little one getting hurt if I just leave them with the flock. There is also the problem of the chick being unable to get out of the coop since exits and entrances have raised partitions (about a foot high) that require jumping over. How long will it be before she takes the chick out? And if I build a ramp, will the chick be able to get out or will the hen just leave it in there? I'm sorry I did not take her egg away now. I think of a new obstacle everyday! Any and all advice appreciated. Outer coop structure is 14' x 14' floor space with one wall mostly wire for light.