I'm optimistic for this to be an "in-progress to completion" thread. I think I might have a hen going broody and I'm ecstatic over the idea. That possibility also means I need to get off my rear and get a brooding area ready just in case because I do NOT want a hen hogging a coveted nest box for her babies. My idea is that I'll give her 2 days of taking over a nest box, then move her to the broody area. If she's still broody after 2 days in there, then I'll give her eggs to hatch. So, here's the space, to the right in the photo: I have a couple of spare puppy pens so I'm planning on using one there. I want to have the gate portion at the front and then run three panels deep to section that spot off, with an additional panel on the back wall to help stabilize the frame. That will leave me with three panels to use to attach to the top somehow to have a "lid" so I can access the entire brooder from the top. I'm thinking I'll secure the panels with zip ties to the hoop coop wire on the right, that's exposed to the outside. I'll need to add some bricks under the length of the panels to bring the pen up to the level of the hidden corner brace, that can't be seen in the photo. I don't need babies digging and finding their way under the panels. For the lid, I figure I can use the extra pen panels and hopefully zip tie them to the cattle panel that's just above the strip of wood. I am thinking about covering the lid with feed bags, somehow, to create a barrier both to minimize stray droppings from landing in the pen, and minimizing the impact of the other birds being nosy about the pen. Any thoughts on this? I have a couple of milk crates to choose from to create a nest box inside the broody area. I'll line with additional pine flakes and pine straw and will probably cover with a roof shingle to help make it cozier. I'm also going to try to figure out a way to add some curtains to the box too. They seem to like their nest boxes and I want it to be as close to "home" as possible for whoever the lucky broody girl is. I want to also get a bale of something to put on the outside of the coop to help block the "open to the outside" part of the coop. Of straw and pine straw, which kind of bale would be better? With cold weather coming, it's something I plan on adding to the bottom portion of the coop as a whole, not just for the broody. Take note, I live in the south, so we don't get INSANE cold here, but it is a wet cold. I still have a couple of spare quart sized waterers to use inside the broody area. I'll have to craft another feeder, but that's not a big deal. Am I missing anything? Any additional thoughts to offer?