I have seen this topic discussed many times and have never been satisfied with the answers. If you are going to use broodies instead of incubators and plan ahead what is the best size and design for a brooding/nest box. I am assuming optimal bedding and good protection from the elements. Also assuming that the broody will be in a location where other chickens, turks etc will not disturb her. Also plan on not having roosts available to remove temptation. Is a nice size dog crate the best solution? Is a large wood nest box with some elevation better? I am asking because I have 2 broodies and me waiting for eggs in the mail. These girls are currently sitting on some infertile eggs to keep them in the mood. They seem happy where they are but it has never been my impression that leaving them exposed to the rest of the hens is a good idea while brooding. Please educate me so I will be a better papa.