So I have a little layer hybrid girl who has been broody for a month now. I've had her in a separate, broody-breaking cage during the day but have been returning her to the coop to sleep, especially on cool nights. She 's still determined to hatch something, real or imagined! Unfortunately we can't let her do so right now for various reasons. I'm concerned about her losing condition as the cold weather approaches. I hand feed her and encourage her to eat frequently, but if I don't she won't even try to eat. I have heard of the cold water/ice cubes approach and don't really feel comfortable doing that. Today I removed most of the shavings from the broody cage (which has a metal floor) to see if that would encourage her not to see it as her own private nesting palace. Hopefully that will do the trick. But I have a few questions: 1. How long can she stay broody? At a certain point do hunger and the desire to live a normal chicken life just kick back in again? 2. Should I not return her to the coop at night? I worry about how she'll do on cooler nights but we're in a bit of a warm spell right now so it's technically feasible. Thanks for any and all suggestions!