I've been reading alot in my Chicken Bible lately. The section on breeding talks about forcing a hen to go broody by using a sort of trap door system to keep her locked in with the eggs once she's laid them. I have several questions about this method. 1. First, wouldn't she freak out and break them all, making it worthless anyway? 2. Anybody here ever do this? Does it work on hens that dont normally get broody? 3. Dumb question, but wouldn't you have to let her out physically a few times a day for her to potty and eat? What if you let her out, and cant get her to go back in? 4. I've heard more about people putting a nestbox in a large dog type kennel and keeping the hen in there (which I suppose is the same principle). Does it really work? I ask because we will need to breed once a year to have chickens to show in the fair, but our breeds are not really 'known' for broodiness, so I'm looking at other options because I just don't think I could do the whole incubation thing. I really prefer to let nature do its things unless I HAVE to intervene, and this just doesn't seem like it be a thing I'd NEED to do. When I bred parrots, I just let them breed and hatch naturally. I did take the babies when they were young to handfeed and wean them so they imprinted on humans, but that was the extent of it. I'm kinda hoping we can do similar with the chickens. Am I asking for trouble and heartache, or will it work out?