Have a broody large fowl black Cochin. . .hatched June '11. . .she's been doing the broody thing for about two weeks. . .we collect eggs daily. . .and take her out and put her by the food/water 2-3 times a day. I searched "broody Cochin". . . ?-will she go un-broody on her own? (I did read about the wire cage to make her go un-broody and about giving her a special place to stay broody/hatch eggs.) We don't want to cause harm to her, but I'm hoping that they will go "out of broody on their own". Will they. . .go "un-broody" on their own? Or, are we going to have to set up a special area for her where will have to provide additional food/water? (We both work and don't want to make more chores. . . in the winter. . .I don't think we have any more amps to pull to plug in another heated waterer.) Here's what I'm thinking: 1) hoping she'll get un-broody on her own. . .(may not be possible) 2) try the wire isolation bad broody cage (concerned about weather, still cold) 3) give her a few marked eggs to hatch (have elevated nest boxes & don't really need more chickens) We've had chickens for a couple of years, but this is our first group of girls that are known to be broody. I wanted some broody's to hatch out eggs, but not this early in the year. I'm worried that if it gets too cold that I'll harm the hen if she doesn't have a warm place to sleep with only wire/roost. We haven't isolated roos, so we can't tell who fertilized what egg and we don't really need any unknown breed chickens. Will 1) be possible? Thank you for your thoughts and words of wisdom. This forum has so many knowledgeable people!