I have 2 dedicated broodies that hatch chicks every year so we always have some young chickens. This year, 4 year old hens went broody. Then one 1/2 year old did, and a 3 year old hen went broody! What the heck? One of them was a Polish. Why all the broodiness all of the sudden. There were 2 brahmas, one went broody, raised 2 chicks, went broody again, 2 Cuckoo Marans, 1 Polish, 1 Buff Orpington and one Gold laced Wyandotte. The Buff was the 3 year old who went broody. I now have to sell all the broodies and I am attached. Plus finding eggs is a pain. I bought 8 from Craigslist, 1 hatched, I ordered some from eBay, the Post Office didn't hold them and they went out in the truck, of those 8 only 2 were viable. Anyway, I never had so many broodies!