We have a JG (Eloise) who suddenly went broody a few days ago and I have been reading about how to break her of it. we have been chasing her out of the nestbox regularly and hoped to catch it early (started about 4 days ago and we noticed it right away; Storey's Guide says even that can mean the difference between an easy and a hard breaking). Now she goes to the roost instead of the nestbox but I'm guessing that is no better? I guess we can isolate her in a wire cage-clearly the prevailing wisdom-but she has crooked toes and since I cringe at doing this in the first place I wonder if this would be especially hard on/for her? We have only 3 girls and she is usually the middle one of the pecking order. In addition to her seeming unhappiness, it seems she is getting pecked more, and more aggressively, by our queen bee, than usual. Is this common for a broody hen? Also, the other 2 have not laid since Eloise went broody. Coincidence? If anyone has suggestions, either about the cage method or some other approach, we would welcome it. Clearly, they are pets as much as egg providers and while we miss the eggs we want her back to her normal, happy self. thanks.