Before I ask my question, let me just say that I think all forum search functions are useless. I bet my question has been asked a thousand times here, but when I used my title as a search phrase all I got was meaningless results that had nothing to do with my question. Every forum I have ever been on is the same way though. I just said that to let you know that I did search before posting. Here now is my question and situation. I have a flock of simi-free range chickens for eggs. They are in a large divided pen and I plant grains in the pens that are not in use for future forage. They are mostly R.I.Rs with a few other breed mixed in. It is time to raise a new flock and I want to hatch out some of my eggs. But my nest are designed in a way that the chickens lay eggs on the inside of the coop and the eggs roll to the outside of the coop. Even so, when my hens go broody, they try to sit in these nest and usually end up breaking the eggs trying to keep them from rolling out. Anyway, I have an old A-frame greenhouse I want to use as my brooder house and have made some nice nest out 5-gallon buckets. I have two hens that are currently broody and I want to move them to the new coop and nest and put some eggs under them to hatch out. I have tried moving broody hens before with no success. I have had hens that were broody for months, but that would not set anywhere but in the regular nest I mentioned before. I there a trick to getting a hen to take a new nest?