One of my first EE's, Carmel, is 8 months old and laying. Usually once she lays she'll sit there for a long time, making me just reach under her to get eggs. She would get up and walk off when I do that. Yesterday she was sitting on them but didn't lay, I reached my hand under her and she hissed at me! It was scary as heck! I was hoping she had gone broody and I didn't see her leave the eggs the rest of the time. I moved the water and food into a corner near her so it would be easier for her to access. This morning she wasn't sitting on them but she did pluck some of her feathers out for the eggs. She hasn't sat on them again the entire day. She also didn't lay today.
So I'm wondering, is she just practicing being broody, is she having short spells of broodiness, or is it something else I don't know.