I just got a sweet Cochin hen in hopes that she will one day be a broody. To encourage this, I gave her her own pen (It's about 3 ft long by 18 in wide and three feet tall. It has lots of hay on one end, where she has made a nest and is laying a clutch of eggs (I added a few, too). Then at the other end, it has room to walk around, and that end is where the feeder and water bottle hang. The pen is built into the wall in a secure, 14 x 14 room, so I open the door to her pen in the morning so that she can get out and scratch around if she wants.
So far, this is what she does, every day, for the past week.....stays in her small pen, by the food and water. She will come up to see me when I stand in her doorway, takes treats, talks, etc. She is SO SWEET. She acts perfectly relaxed, and eats and drinks just fine. She is laying an egg every day, but is not sitting on the eggs. However, the past couple of mornings, when I come in to check on her, the eggs are moved around. Yesterday, six of them were moved over into the corner (about six inches away, still in the straw), into a second smaller "nest" that she had made. Today, three were still in the smaller nest, but three were moved BACK into the original nest.
Does this mean anything?