This barnevelder hen went broody back in May - sat on the eggs for 3 weeks, but broke almost of them and never got to raise any chicks. She started laying again, but then went broody again in July. I tried to break her broodiness by putting her in with the 6-8 week old chicks that we had. After several days, I let her back in with the hens - no more broodiness, but she is still not laying. Her comb is small. Today, I caught her hanging out with the babies (now 19 weeks old). Basically, there are still 2 flocks in the yard (the youngsters & the old-timers), even though I have been trying to integrate the bunch. Could having these youngsters around have impacted her hormones? The babies' real mother (that hatched some of them and raised them for about 4 weeks) has been laying for months. This is her (on the left) with the youngsters. The young ones typically don't hang with anychicken from the older flock because so many of the older ones still peck or chase them. This is Lacy - the non-laying hen (pic taken today) - note the light pinkness and size of her comb & wattles: This is Penny - other barnevelder (pic taken today) - same breed, same source (hatchery barnies) - note how red & large her comb & wattles are compared to Lacy's: This is Lacy - the non-laying hen back before she ever went broody or had to go through a hot AZ summer - she looked better back then.