Hi, I've got a broody Australorp. She's been like this for over a month. I have tried some half-hearted attempts to break it (bringing her out of the nesting box, etc.) but she's been adamant about it. I didn't try some of the methods that I've read about on this site, like putting her in a raised cage with airflow underneath. I guess I was just hoping that she would snap out of it. Today when I went to check on her and look for eggs underneath, I realized that she is completely bare of feathers underneath. From reading on this site I found out that that is not uncommon for broody hens. But I am realizing that I've either got to break this broody or let her hatch some chicks. I have a friend who can give me some fertilized eggs. Should I mark them and put them underneath her, and just see what happens? If they actually hatch, should I separate the broody and her new chicks from the other hens? My garage is heated to 45 degrees - I could put them in there until the chicks get a little bigger? I didn't want to go this route now because it's January in upstate NY and its cold. I wanted to put some eggs underneath her in the spring time if she went broody again ... but at this rate, I'm not sure she'll make it. Or is this not the smart thing to do ... should I just break her using the cage? Again, I could put her in a rabbit hutch that I have in our garage so she wouldn't be freezing cold all by herself for a few days. Thanks for the advice.