i also have to say, this particular hen is the kind of hen that makes me... not question science or facts.... but she reminds me that nature knows more than we think it does. we put a lot of absolute statements on chickens, a lot of definitives based on patterns and proof, and i would never just discard those because for the most part they are truths. this is the 4th spot she has tried to make her nest. the first 2 i just ruined by always taking her eggs, she never went broody. but each spot she has picked has gotten better and better for hatching. since her getting off of the other nest of infertile eggs (she abandoned around day 7), she has spent the whole 2 months acting so strange, and based on everything i read, it looked like we were going to need to cull her. i certainly can't rule that out if she abandons this nest as well. but if she hatches this out, i will believe that she knew the first clutch was a dud, and that the spot she was in wasn't good enough, and she got off and did what she needed to do to regroup and hatch out eggs. i believe this chicken has some level of problem solving skills and a bit more intuition than my other chickens. anyway.
magic and stuff haha! but really, chickens are a little magical.