We had a change of plans last night. Instead of putting our broody girl up by the house we changed it up. Last year we build a small grow-out coop that we cycled the chicks through. Halfway through the summer we moved it down by the big coop and started using it for feed storage, then build the new grow-out coop by the house. We decided that we'd rather have her in the small coop from last year. We strawed the bottom well and put a box in there for her, along with water and feed. After dark last night we moved her and her fake eggs over and surprisingly, she settled right down!! I checked on her twice last night (just peeked through the vent and didn't disturb her) and she looked cozy and content. The coop is raised about 18 inches from the ground and has a ramp that goes up through to the center of the floor. I put mesh wire over it last night to keep her in. Our intention was to open it and let her eat and drink with the rest of the chickens as she's very near the big coop. This morning, however, I'm second guessing....my fear is that she'll go out, see the big coop, and want to jump right back in the nesting box. The small coop is about 2.5 feet wide and 6 feet long. If she has feed and water, and aside from her box the floor is straw, do you think she'd be ok if I kept the coop closed for a few days so she decided she wants to stay on that nest? We're putting the real eggs in tomorrow, so I want to make sure she'll stay put on them, kwim? Gah, I'm freaking out, lol!!