We have a maran who went broody last year. No roo, thus no fertile eggs, but there she sat for over a month. Then 5 months passed before she started laying again, which was just a couple months ago. I know there are posts that discuss strategies to try to break them from broodiness, but I also recognized from her determination last year that such is a challenging task. This year I happen to know where I can get fertile eggs. Do I just bite the bullet and let her have some eggs to sit on? If so, how many? The gal who has fertile eggs suggested that we totally seperate her from the others, even if that means caging her in. This suggestion was raised because her hen who was not protected from the other hens eventually only hatched one chick, and the chick was pecked to death by the other girls. But I also remember last year watching our broody hens occasionally run out to the yard for a dust bath or some pecking at the lawn, so trapping her in a cage would restrict that. What to do?