Ok, so I have an 8 month old white rock pullet who has recently been behaving oddly. She hops in and out of the nesting box A LOT. And I mean a ridiculously unnecessary amount of times.
I know this because I have a motion sensitive camera pointed at the nesting boxes that records her every 5 to 15 minutes jumping in, rooting around for a minute. Then jumping back out. ALL. DAY. None of the other 4 chickens do this. They go in once a day. Sit for a half hour or so, lay their egg and move in with their little chicken lives.
The other thing she has started doing is trying to sleep in the nesting box. I say trying because I go out and put her back on the roost almost every night. Where she then stays.
It just seems so odd to me. All of this has just started in the last week. Is she trying to be broody? I know it's uncommon for a pullet to go broody, but not unheard of. I'm starting to think I need to block off the nesting boxes after everyone has laid for the day. But I honestly don't want this extra daily chore if possible. Has anyone heard of such behavior and have any advice for what I could do to curb it? Thanks!