Broodies don't lay eggs while they are brooding, right? I have two broodies right now. Broody #1 is obeying all the "broody rules," you know, things like spending 23 and 1/2 hours on the nest each day and only eating-drinking-&-pooping once a day, spreading herself over the entire nest to cover all eggs, growling the "broody growl" when I gently pet her, and not laying any more eggs than the 10 she already had when I moved her to her own secluded area. Broody #1 is now 17 days into this broody process. I expect baby chicks within the week. I THOUGHT Broody#2 was obeying all the "broody rules" as well. And, in fact, she has -- best I am aware of -- for the last 10 days. I put Brooody #2 in a wire dog pen in a secluded area of one of the henhouses a week ago, so she could have her babies in peace. I already had Broody #1 sitting on 10 eggs, so I only gave Broody #2 two eggs to sit on. My plan has been to chick-nap a few of Broody #1's babies after they hatch, and sneak them to Broody #2 in the middle of the night, so that we could limit the number of babies born and keep it so they are the same age. But when I went into the henhouse where Broody #2 has a secluded corner, I found her at the door of her cage clamoring to come out. Well, broodies do like to spend their half hour off the nest each day, so I shut the henhouse so that the other birds could not come in to disturb Broody #2. Then I let her out of the broody cage. She is NOT acting like she is slow, or in a trance. Last time I checked on her (right before I got on the net to write this, and a full half hour after I let her out), she was digging in the dirt floor, and/or at the main henhouse gate interacting with the hens outside. Because her half hour of "allowable" time off the eggs was over, I gently picked her up and put her just inside her cage, less than a foot away from her nest. I figure that if she still wants to be a brood, she'll go sit on the nest. When I left, she was just standing where I planted her, looking at me. I guess when I go back outside, I'll find out if she went back to the nest to finish her brood. If she is not on the nest when I go back out, I figure that is the "official word" that she wants to call this whole broody thing off. If that is the case, I will return her to her regular flock tonight at lights out. But one thing I noticed when I was placing her near her nest -- she had THREE eggs in there, when I only gave her two. There is no way any other hen could have laid that third egg. She is a blue egg laying ameraucana hen, and the henhouse she is temporarily living in is the brown egg laying hen house. There is not a single blue egg layer in there. And that extra egg is definitely blue, and the same size as all the other Ameraucana eggs. Dedicated broodies don't lay eggs, right? So should I assume that the appearance of this third egg is further confirmation that this little lady wants to call this broody business off?