We have a large, gentle Buff Orpington Chicken (about 9 pounds) that is 1.5 years old. Her strange behavior: she regularly climbs into one of the nesting boxes, 'sits' intently for an hour, gets off the nest and makes a Huge Fuss as though she has laid the biggest egg ever! NEVER is there an egg to show for her efforts! Last April, she was our only chicken that tried (repeatedly) to go broody. Her broodiness included the inclination to hatch Golf Balls that I'd put in nests to 'direct' the young pullets (she managed repeatedly to move most of the golf balls into ONE nest from neighboring nests ~ an amazing feat). Once I figured out what was going on, I removed all the golf balls and stayed on-top of removing any fresh eggs daily. Finally, I was able to break her on-going brooding attempts, following which she laid 5 eggs over a two week period and then all her egg laying stopped. Other than this strange behavior, she seems to be a beautiful, normal & healthy chicken; we refer to her as "The Great Pretender"! Has anyone ever had a Egg-Laying-Faker? If so, can you shed any light on WHAT is going on with this behavior? I would think that if she can't lay eggs, she'd give-up and stop going through The Motions (????).