I have a silkie (one of 7 birds of various breeds) who was two when I got her. She didn't lay for about a month after getting her then she laid for three weeks. Then she stopped laying and the brooding started. I'm a new chicken keeper so at first I thought she was sick and didn't do anything but feed her some supplements and made sure she got water and food. After a week I talked with someone and realized she'd pulled the feathers over my eyes. I began getting her up and moving and closed the coop during the day. But now she broods in the yard. So I've read a couple things about brooding. One is that if a hen has been allowed to brood 4 days it will take 18 days for her to start laying. The other is that if she doesn't get moving you need a brooding cage. After only two days of trying to get her to move around (which she does only for several minutes after I go out and get her up and moving) I have found an egg under her for the last two days, defying the 18 day theory. However, the eggs are brown and the ones she was laying were pinkish, but they are the same size she was laying before. She is eating more than she was, and I now give them cracked corn at night since it's colder--could that change her egg color? Now none of my other hens had started laying yet--they're just 5 months-- but they are all supposed to lay brown eggs. Now I'm wondering if one of them just started laying and it's not the silkie. Only thing is, she is always sitting in the exact same spot all day so it doesn't seem likely that any of my other girls had the opportunity to lay an egg on that exact spot which she then sat on. Second, I can't find anything like a brooding cage when I look at chicken supply places. Where so you get them, what does it look like? I'd appreciate any help from those of you who have been through this. thanks! Judy in Mich.