so one of my youngsters has been missing for a week or so, presumed eaten by a fox or something. yesterday she came strutting across the fields all fluffed searched for food/water as fast as she could and dissappeared again. today she did the same so i followed her. she has a nest in a thistle patch with 16 eggs in!!!!!!!!!!!! she must have ben collecting them for weeks! is it normal for such a young hen to go all broody? i didnt even know she'd started laying!