So I have 5 hens. They are 6 months old. Last week, I noticed that Weezah, one of my Salmon Faverolles, was spending more time than usual in the nest box. She is at the bottom of the pecking order, so i thought maybe she was starting to hide in there. She was still coming out to eat, drink and dustbathe....and she was sleeping on the roost. So i didn't think it was a big deal. This week- She will not leave the nest box unless i force her out, she has quit laying, and is loosing weight. She puffs up and squeals at me when i try to get her out of the nest box. I looked up videos of broody hens online, and she totally fits the bill. We've been forcing her out in the morning to eat and drink, and then we've been locking her out of the coop once the others have finished laying. She started sleeping in the next boxes a few nights ago too. Tonight, we blocked the nest boxes so hopefully she will get on the roost. I'm afraid we're going to have to go with the cage method to break her. The weight loss really concerns me. So, that's the plan for tomorrow. AND THEN TODAY......My Welsummer, Emma, was in the nest box all day....and low and behold, she had plucked out some of her abdomen feathers and they were arranged in the nest box. She hasn't layed in two days. She puffed up and squealed at me when i went under her to retrieve the other girl's eggs. I didn't think they would go broody so early!! They are only 6 months old, ugh! Do chickens pick up on the hormones of other hen's around them (like human women getting their cycles at the same time)? Anyway, I am going to try the dog crate method, but I do have a few questions 1. I understand that they need air circulation arround their bellies to get over this. My dog crate has a wire bottom, but the spacing is too large....They won't be able to walk on it....the crate came with a solid plastic base inert.....is it okay to use that or should i try and get mesh or something so they can walk around but the air will still move below them? 2. Can I put both of my broody hens in together? Weezah is at the bottom of the pecking order, and Emma is 2nd in command. The crate is HUGE, at least 4X2 foot with open coated wire all the way around it. 3. How long do you usually have to keep them in the cage before they snap out of it? Poor girls, I tried to explain to them that they can sit all they want, but no roo=no chicks. I promised to buy them fertile eggs next srping. I told them this isn't the right time of year. No luck. Alas, They are stubbornly persisting. I'm afraid they will starve or become sick, so i'm taking action this weekend. Thanks!