Can it be? I have 3 Marans, two of which have gone broody. One, Becka, has the typical "broody" behavior and temperment. Growly, whiney, fluffed up and in a bad temper when she get out to eat. Bree, on the other hand, has recently gone broody and you wouldn't even know it except that she is devotedly sitting on a clutch of eggs. It took me two days to decide she really was broody. She quietly spoke to me when I lifted her up and took the fake eggs out to put real eggs under her. She let me move her to a new box with a quiet inquiry and then set where I put her, calm and unruffled. Generally, they fluff up and growl the whole time you're trying to work with them. When she gets up to eat she just quietly goes over to the feeder and eats, gets a drink, then goes back to her clutch. If someone is sitting on it, she quietly waits or gets in another box until I come in and move her back. She even greeted me this morning as usual, sitting on a high shelf sweetly asking me for a piece of bread and "gently" taking it fm me while every one else is pushing, shoving and grabbing all they can get. I wish all my broodies were like her. I wonder how she will get along when her chicks hatch? Can you breed that quality into your chooks?