So, it's not cruel to force a broody to lay an egg in a cage? I'm just a huge softie. I have 6 hens in my yard and they are pets. I have one who goes broody every 5-6 months. Normally, I wouldn't care. Except that another hen bullies her and draws blood. The last time this happened, I put the broody in a wire dog crate in the garage with food and water and a wire bottom. I did lay a 2 by 4 in there on it's side just to give her something other than the wire floor to stand on. She's an 8lb BO and I thought her feet could use the rest. I'd let her out to free range w/ the other hens in the afternoons and prevented her from getting back into the coop. Took 3 days and then she was over it. And you could tell she was over it. Anyway, she's gone broody again. I've had my suspicions for the past 5-6 days that she was going broody but she was still laying eggs and the bully wasn't drawing blood. Yet. But then yesterday afternoon, she's fully broody and the bully is up to her ways so into the dog crate she went last night. But she's squawking and making an awful racquet in the garage and I'm afraid she has an egg to lay and I'm not sure what to do.