I have a little hen -- an Isa Brown, no less -- who is definitely going broody. She is about a year and a half old right now. The problem is that she is trying to take over the only nest that the girls will lay in. They have four nests -- all identical -- but they refuse to lay in three of them. They will actually fight to lay in the one nest, or hold their egg in until "the preferred nest" becomes available, rather than lay in a nest that sits right beside it, and is identical in every way. And yes, I've even put ceramic eggs in the other nests to encourage laying, but to no avail. They all want to lay in that one nest. This little girl, whose name is Brownie, is lower on the pecking order then about half of the other birds. And we have two hens in particular -- both Delawares -- who pretty much get whatever they want. So when one of the birds higher on the pecking order gets around to laying their egg, they force Brownie out of the nest. But as soon as they lay and clear out, Brownie goes back to brood. Anyway, I am figuring I need to move Brownie, so that she can have a place to brood where she will not be bullied, and the other girls can go back to laying without a brood in the only "chicken-socially acceptable" nest. How do I move her without upsetting her anymore than necessary? Also, I'm planning on moving her into a wire dog cage inside the regular henhouse, where she will be near the other birds, but protected from them. But I will have to close the door, at least for a day or two till Brownie gets used to her new "home", or else she will just get up and move right back onto the "preferred nest" and go right back brooding where SHE has chosen to do so. So how do I handle her need to drink, eat, and poop? I can put water and food in the cage with her, but I learned from my last broody that she will not poop in the dog cage while brooding, no matter what. The last time I had a broody, she went three days without pooping, until I manually moved her out of the cage -- and then she did it with just mere seconds. I ended up having to move the broody everyday to get her to poop. With a closed door, she might not poop, even though the cage is about 3 feet by 2 1/2 feet by 3 feet high.