Hi! It's been a while since I've posted - I'm quite the lurker. I did a search, but I couldn't seem to find the exact answer to my question, so I'm hoping someone can help. I've got 14 hens, no rooster, free-range during the day, in the coop at night. They started laying about 3 weeks ago - they will be 6 months on Jan. 23rd. One Rhode Island Red has been acting funny the past 4 days - running around by herself, following me, and then just being weird. Today was our second day of snow - yesterday, even with the door open, they chose to stay in the coop for their first snow day. So this morn, my RRR runs out of the ccop, and beelines to the dog's yard, hops the fence, ducks behind the shed. So I follow her. She's there, sitting on 4 frozen solid eggs, with a proper nest built! Help! What the heck do I do!! No rooster, and we don't want baby chicks right now. I took the frozen eggs out, and dismantled the nest. Took Miss Priss back to the coop - she talked to me the whole way, but was very sweet. As soon as I turned my back, I see her heading out again. Of all the spots to build a nest, the dog's yard is the worst! Of course, the dogs are inside right now (we had an incident last year - whole other story, where they very sadly killed 12 of my baby chicks ) Is this a broody hen? Should I put a wire dog crate in the coop and keep her there for a day or so? I just really don't know what I'm supposed to do. Thanks in advance for your help. Oh - another chicken laid an egg in the horse's stall. I'm thinking maybe my free range chicks need to be contained for a week until they start laying in the boxes? I have a 10X10 wire dog pen I can hook up to the coop for an improvised play yard if y'all recommend that I should do this. They have lovely nesting boxes (8) with shavings, and plastic easter eggs.