I'm in need of advice. I have a RIR hen approximately a year old who is a great layer. Yesterday I was collecting eggs around 11am and noticed she was on the nest along with another hen so I let her stay there, thinking she was laying. I did some chores around the coop for about an hour and she never moved. I threw some mealworms and she didn't budge so I just imagined she was "busy" and left.
This morning I went out at 10am and she was on the nest again, I'm not sure she ever moved. I threw more treats, raked the coop, etc. and she was there for a solid two hours at least. I saw her get up after that and I figured she just wanted to take her sweet time laying so I went over to collect eggs and she hadn't laid anything - not even the day before. I grabbed the eggs that were there and moved on. Just before sundown I checked on the hens and everyone was roosting in their spot except her, she was missing. There she was, sitting on the "nest" again. She's going broody right? She was up for a full hour at least later in the day - I thought broodies sit on their nests day and night without getting up. Is she just confused? Does she want to be broody but has poor instincts? Or is she lazy and just wants to sleep on the nest instead of roosting at night? That's not typical behavior for her but I recently rearranged some things in the coop and maybe she's boycotting it?
I'd like to give her eggs to sit on but I don't want to do it if she's just going to forget about being broody tomorrow.