Yesterday she laid her egg late in the late part of the day and then got down and ran around a bit. So I quickly gathered her egg. She didn't try to get back in the nest box or act weird. She seemed normal. I saw she left a bunch of fluffy feathers in the nest box.
Today she laid another egg and I saw it under her this morning, but when I tried to get it from her earlier she growled at me. She won't move off the nest and has hunkered down on it. I don't think she's moved off the nest all day :( I'm worried because her water is outside in the run and the door to the coop closes at 6:15pm - there's both layer pellets and grower feed inside the coop.
I'll check later tonight and see where she is when the lights go off - if she gets down and goes up on the roost I'll steal away her egg.
If she stays there in the external nest box will she be warm enough? It's supposed to get down to 30Fs tonight. It's plenty warm in the coop right now because it was up in the upper 60Fs today and it's holding heat pretty good. But the boxes aren't insulated with anything. She's sitting on one egg and a whole bunch of straw. She does feel pretty warm to touch - yeah I got that close and almost got a chunk of my skin taken away. She's growling pretty good over that one little egg.
Is a new broody young pullet smart enough to take care of her own needs? Or do I have to intervene by forcing her down to eat and drink?